Calamari Union

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Calamari Union
Film poster
Directed by Aki Kaurismäki
Produced by Aki Kaurismäki
Written by Aki Kaurismäki
Starring Timo Eränkö
Kari Heiskanen
Asmo Hurula
Sakke Järvenpää
Music by Mikko Mattila
Jone Takamäki
Cinematography Harri Laakso
Mikko Mattila
Edited by Aki Kaurismäki
Raija Talvio
Aki Kaurismäki/Villealfa Film Productions
Release date
  • 8 February 1985 (1985-02-08)
Running time
80 minutes
Country Finland
Language English

Calamari Union is a 1985 Finnish surreal[1] comedy film, the second full-length film by the director Aki Kaurismäki. It stars Timo Eränkö, Kari Heiskanen, Asmo Hurula and Sakke Järvenpää.



An absurdist comedy,[2] the film is considered to be satirical cult classic.[3] Caryn James of The New York Times described the film as "gleefully absurdist", adding that Kaurismäki "takes over the American gangster film and flavors it with his improbable humor".[4] Others have drawn connections between The Saimaa Gesture and Calamari Union and the Finnish punk movement.[5]


  1. ^ Kääpä, Pietari (January 2010). The National and Beyond: The Globalisation of Finnish Cinema in the Films of Aki and Mika Kaurismäki. Peter Lang. p. 76. ISBN 978-3-03911-966-0. 
  2. ^ Fotheringham, Richard; Jansohn, Christa; White, R. S. (2008). Shakespeare's World/world Shakespeares: The Selected Proceedings of the International Shakespeare Association World Congress Brisbane, 2006. Associated University Presse. p. 196. ISBN 978-0-87413-989-1. 
  3. ^ Thorsen, Isak; Andersson, Lars Gustaf (31 August 2012). Historical Dictionary of Scandinavian Cinema. Scarecrow Press. p. 233. ISBN 978-0-8108-5524-3. 
  4. ^ James, Caryn (August 23, 1990). "Calamari Union (1985) – From Tragedy to Absurdity With Finland's Prolific Upstart". The New York Times. Retrieved August 20, 2012. 
  5. ^ The Cinema of Aki Kaurismaki: Contrarian Stories. Columbia University Press. 20 August 2013. p. 77. ISBN 978-0-231-85041-4. 

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