Written by: FFT Webmaster | August 1st, 2011
Janus Films, best known for its library of classic European, Asian and American cinema, has acquired the North American rights to LE HAVRE, Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki’s much-acclaimed film on the new multi-cultural Europe, which premiered in competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. In this warm-hearted portrait of the harbor city that gives the film its name, fate throws young African refugee (newcomer Blondin Miguel) into the path of a bohemian who works as a shoe-shiner. With innate optimism and the unwavering solidarity of his community, both stand up to officials doggedly pursuing the boy for deportation. The company plans on releasing the film in the Fall and expect it to be seen on upcoming film festival slots in Toronto, San Sebastian, New York, Vancouver and elsewhere.