Three penniless artists, all kindred spirits, share their views of the world, financial travails and love stories over a bottle of wine in modern-day Paris. Marcel is an unsuccessful writer with a penchant for monumental drama, Rodolfo, an Albanian painter, and Schaunard, an avant-garde composer.
Loosely based on Henri Murger’s renowned novel, Aki Kaurismäki’s first French-language feature infuses a deadpan Finnish humor into the romanticism of Paris, evocatively shot in black and white. Hung over frugal bistro lunches and cheap red wine are contemplations on the foibles of artists’ lives.
Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003, Russia
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Jia Zhangke, 1998, China
Michel Gondry, 2008, United States
Mike Leigh, 2008, United Kingdom
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France
Michael Haneke, 2001, Austria