Ariel (film)

Directed by Aki Kaurismäki
Produced by Aki Kaurismäki
Written by Aki Kaurismäki
Starring Turo Pajala
Susanna Haavisto
Matti Pellonpää
Music by Esko Rahkonen
Rauli Somerjoki
Taisto Tammi
Cinematography Timo Salminen
Edited by Raija Talvio
Release dates
  • 21 October 1988 (1988-10-21)

Running time
74 minutes[1]
Country Finland
Language Finnish

Ariel is a 1988 Finnish drama film directed and written by Aki Kaurismäki. The film tells the story of Taisto Kasurinen (Turo Pajala), a Finnish coal miner who must find a way to live in the big city after the mine closes and his father, also a miner, commits suicide.

Taisto's friend is played by Matti Pellonpää, an actor who appeared in many of Kaurismäki's early films.

This is the second film in Kaurismäki's Proletariat Trilogy (Shadows in Paradise, Ariel, and The Match Factory Girl). The trilogy has been released on Region One DVD by Criterion, in their Eclipse box-sets.[2] The film is included in the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die list. The film was entered into the 16th Moscow International Film Festival where Turo Pajala won the Bronze St. George for Best Actor.[3]



  1. Lovece, Frank (September 8, 1990). "The Last Picture Show: Bleecker Street Cinema at End of 31-Year Reel". New York Post. Retrieved April 5, 2013.
  2. "16th Moscow International Film Festival (1989)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 2013-03-16. Retrieved 2013-02-24.

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