About the Website


The idea of a website about Finnish film director Aki Kaurismäki was born in Orimattila Town Library years ago.

The goal of the website is to awaken interest in the artistic work of Aki Kaurismäki. We wanted to create a wide and easily accessible collection of material on the director whose films will surely be as popular in decades to come as they are now. We intend to expand and develop this website further; inauguration of the site year 2006 is the starting point for collecting and producing material on the director.


Jari Paavonheimo, former Library Director of Orimattila Town Library, is responsible for the content of the website. The visual design of this website was created by Junnu Riihimäki (Ideakehräämö) and the technical design by Janne Riihimäki (NagreMedia). Library Assistants Aapo Erander, Annika Helastila, Aki Hirsikorpi, Elina Kelovesi, Riitta Leutola and Minna Mäkelä have assisted in collecting, editing and recording the material on this website.


Sputnik Oy, Aki Kaurismäki's production company, owns the rights to the photographs on this website. All pictures were taken by photographer Marja-Leena Hukkanen with the exception of Crime and Punishment (Kai Honkanen) and La vie de bohème (Moune Jamet).


We would like to thank Satu Kyösola, Markku Koski, Lauri Timonen, Leena Lepistö, Sakari
Toiviainen, Marja-Leena Hukkanen, Publications Department of The Finnish Literature Society, Haije Tulokas and Eevi Kareinen with Sputnik Oy, Lola Rogers, Aretta Vähälä, and Börje Vähämäki for their co-operation and support. We would also like to thank all the people that have contributed, in one way or the other, to the inauguration of this website.

We would also like to thank Orimattila Town for its support. Orimattila Town Library values highly the grant given by the Ministry of Education to the project.