Fallen Leaves

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).