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Three Must-See Aki Kaurismäki Movies

A Film and Its Era: Le Havre (Il était une fois… Le Havre, 2014)

Director: Alan Smithee
Genre: Documentary


What happens behind the scenes of a film? How does the director deal with the stars and his or her crew? What is the social and political context in which a film is made? Does it affect the film? The ultimate documentary series that sets out to resolve these and more questions is finally on Eurochannel: A Film and Its Era.

This 30-episode documentary series aims to reveal all the secrets and historical contexts of a particular cult film, its groundbreaking director, and the epoch it represents. Each episode of this series is made by a different director and offers extracts of the film, as well as exclusive interviews with its director, protagonists and cinema historians, to present a holistic view of the production.

With a great sense of aesthetics and a comprehensive account of each movie, A Film and Its Era includes directors and classics such as Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon, Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious, Roberto Rossellini's Rome Open City, Roman Polanski's Tess, Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita, Jacques Demy's The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, and many more.

Accompany us on a cinematic journey and discover the secrets behind some of your favorite movies in this celebratory documentary series!


Since his first film in 1983, an adaptation of Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment, the Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki, an admirer of Bresson and Ozu, has shown a growing empathy for the poor and marginalized, through a universe at once melancholy and whimsical, tinged with black humor. After The Man Without a Past in 2002, the Helsinki film addict still loves filming doomed places, like the popular area of Havre, destined to disappear after the shooting. It is in his charming company, guided by his insightful comments that we dive into the mysteries of Le Havre.

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