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"Lights in the Dusk" is March 11 Nordic Film

HANCOCK, MI - The Finnish film "Lights in the Dusk" is the March selection of the Finlandia University Nordic Film Series. The film will be shown Thursday, March 11, at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at the university's Finnish American Heritage Center, Hancock.

Lights in the Dusk Cover"Lights in the Dusk" (Laitakaupungin valot) is a 2006 film written and directed by Aki Kaurismäki. It is the final installment in what has been called Kaurismäki's "Loser Trilogy." The two preceding films are "Drifting Clouds" and "The Man Without A Past." Where the trilogy's first film was about unemployment and the second about homelessness, the theme of Lights in the Dusk is loneliness.

In Lights in the Dusk, night watchman Koiskinen lives an alienated life. Ridiculed and shunned by his workmates, regarded as incompetent by his employers, he lives alone, drinks alone, and only manages to talk in any decent way with a woman who sell hot dogs at the fast food stand.

His life changes when a mysterious blond takes a sudden and unexpected interest in him.

Criminal elements exploit Koiskinen's longing for love and he is persuaded to act as a night watchman in a robbery they pull off, leaving Koiskinen to face the consequences. Thus, Koiskinen is deprived of his job, his freedom, and his dreams, although the director leaves the viewer with a spark of hope in the final scene

The film was presented at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival and was chosen as Finland's nominee for the 79th Academy Awards in the category of Best Foreign Language Film. However, Kaurismäki refused the nomination and boycotted the awards as a protest against U.S. foreign policy at the time.

The film is in the Finnish language with English language sub-titles.

There is no charge to attend the film, but donations are accepted.

For additional information, call 906-487-7549. The Finnish American Heritage Center is located at 435 Quincy St., Hancock.