I had planned to film JUHA almost as long as we had planned to make a silent movie with composer Anssi Tikanmäki. One day we were clever enough to put the ideas together and the catastrophe was ready.
Afterwards I am not suprised that almost all efforts (except Tati's MON ONCLE) to make a silent film during the last decedes have somehow failed; the easyness of explaining all by words has polluted our storytelling to a pale shadow of original cinema.
We can never again make films like BROKEN BLOSSOMS, SUNRISE or QUEEN KELLY because since film started to gamble with mumbling and all that "hoochie-coochie" and fancy words, stories have lost their purity, cinema its essence: innocence.
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Aki Kaurismäki
Written by: Aki Kaurismäki
Produced by: Aki Kaurismäki
Cinematography: Timo Salminen
Editing: Aki Kaurismäki
Original Score: Anssi Tikanmäki
Main Cast: Sakari Kuosmanen (Juha), Kati Outinen (Marja), André Wilms (Shemeikka), Outi Mäenpää (Shemeikka's woman)
Nominations and Awards
- EFA Feature Film Selection 1999