After winning the Jury Prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival, Fallen Leaves will take a victory lap at all the major North American festivals this fall. Aki Kaurismäki's quirky romance will make stops at Telluride, Toronto and New York before its limited release in November.
Kaurismäki – arguably Finland's best known filmmaker – has had an acclaimed 40-year career, mostly delivering his unique blend of deadpan comedy and critique of Finnish society. Though not as famous in the U.S. (at least not to folks who don't have a Criterion Channel subscription), he's one of only two directors to win the FIPRESCI Grand Prix three times. (The other is Paul Thomas Anderson.)
The teaser below features only one line of dialogue – spoken to a dog no less – and a melancholic piano ballad. While it tells little of the story, it gives you all you'll need to know based on vibes alone.
Mubi will release Fallen Leaves in a handful of U.S. theaters on November 17.