Finnish Title Kuolleet lehdet
Directed by Aki Kaurismäki
Year of Production 2023
Production Countries Finland, Germany
Starring Alma Pöysti, Jussi Vatanen
Written by Aki Kaurismäki
Cinematography Timo Salminen
Set Design Ville Grönroos
Costume Design Tiina Kaukanen
Editing Samu Heikkilä
Sound Design Pietu Korhonen
Produced by Aki Kaurismäki / Sputnik, Misha Jaari & Mark Lwoff / Bufo
Co-Produced by Reinhard Brundig / Pandora Film
Fallen Leaves tells the story of two lonely people (Alma Pöysti and Jussi Vatanen) who meet each other by chance in the Helsinki night and try to find the first, only, and ultimate love of their lives. Their path towards this honourable goal is clouded by the man’s alcoholism, lost phone numbers, not knowing each other’s names or addresses, and life’s general tendency to place obstacles in the way of those seeking their happiness.
This gentle tragicomedy, previously thought to be lost, is the fourth part of Aki Kaurismäki’s working-class trilogy (Shadows in Paradise, Ariel, and The Match Factory Girl).