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Director:  Mika Kaurismaki
Cinematography:  Rauno Ronkainen
Screenplay:  Mika Kaurismaki , Petri Karra
Producer:  Mika Kaurismaki
Editor(s):  Mika Kaurismaki
Cast:  Kari Heiskanen , Pertti Sveholm , Timo Torikka
Production:  Marianna Films Oy
International distribution:  WIDE Management
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Three Wise Man
Three Wise Man
Kolme viisasta miesta
Three Wise Man
Finland , 2008, 98 min, color
Awards:  Tallinn Black Nights 2008 - "Jury Prize" for best actors to Kari Heiskanen, Pertti Sveholm and Timo Torikka

Tolstoy wrote that happy families are all alike, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. This does not necessarily apply to men on an individual basis, however, as evinced by the heroes of Mika Kaurismaki's Three Wise Men, an unvarnished, intimate and often amusing drama about masculinity. On one level or another, each of these characters makes the same mistakes, or is about to. Matti is a paranoid expectant father who is crippled by self-doubt. Erkki is an inveterate ladies' man who is battling an unnamed illness and emotionally wounded by his estrangement from his young son. Rauno is a tired, failed actor who has returned to Helsinki from Paris in an attempt to reunite with his own twentysomething son. It is Christmas Eve, a time generally reserved for family, and the trio's inability to connect with the people closest to them is very much on their minds. It doesn't help that they're all nearing middle-age, or that their lives haven't entirely worked out the way they expected. A chance meeting at a hospital brings the three old friends together, and they head out in search of a place to drown their sorrows. They manage to bully the owner of a karaoke bar into letting them in, setting the stage for unexpected breakdowns, emotional revelations and possible redemption.

Mika Kaurismaki
Mika Kaurismaki
Mika Kaurismaki is a Finnish director, born in 1955. He graduated from film school in Munich and his debut effort The Liar, starring his younger brother Aki, created a sensation. Mika and Aki and a group of friends founded Villealfa Filmproductions, which made many noteworthy low- or nobudget films. In the 1990s Mika Kaurismaki began working through his own company, Marianna Films, where his first independent projects were Zombie and Ghost Train. With Samuel Fuller and Jim Jarmusch he went to the jungle to shoot the feature-length docudrama Tigrero: A Film That Was Never Made, which took the 1994 FIPRESCI Prize at Berlin.

1987  Helsinki Napoli All Night Long
1998  L.A. without a Map
2000  Highway Society
2004  Honey Baby
2008  Sonic Mirror - docu
2008  Three Wise Man
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