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The annual conference of the Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image (SCSMI) welcomes you to the Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland, June 11th – 14th, 2017

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Monday, June 12 • 10:30 - 11:00
SP Jaakko Seppälä. Representations of loneliness in the cinema of Aki Kaurismäki

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Aki Kaurismäki is known for making melancholic films that discuss pressing social issues, but paradoxically his films have a reputation for being funny. Loneliness is a major theme in his cinema. Focusing on what I see as Kaurismäki’s loneliest protagonists, I explore how he employs his signature style of ironic minimalism and makes the representations of loneliness poignant, amusing and engaging. I demonstrate why the protagonists are lonely, how loneliness affects their being in the world and, most importantly, how ironic minimalism directs the audience to engage with them by inviting and blocking emotional involvement.

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Jaakko Seppälä

University of Helsinki
Dr. Jaakko Seppälä is the chair of Finnish Society for Cinema Studies and a researcher at the School of Film and Television Studies, University of Helsinki. He is also a member of the editorial board of Lähikuva, a Finnish language journal on film and media studies. Seppälä’s... Read More →

Monday June 12, 2017 10:30 - 11:00 EEST
A-301 Room, Töölö Campus, Aalto University (3rd floor) Runeberginkatu 14-16, Helsinki