Following the death of his wife, professional chef CHENG travels with his young son to a remote village in Finland to connect with an old Finnish friend he once met in Shanghai. Upon arrival, nobody in the village seems to know his friend but local café owner Sirkka offers him accommodation and in return Cheng helps her in the kitchen surprising the locals with the delights of Chinese cuisine. Gradually his cooking encourages these vastly different cultures to connect.
Mika Kaurismäki was born in Helsinki (Finland) in 1955 and studied Film at the Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen in Munich between 1977 and 1981. He made his film debut with Liar (1980), where his brother Aki wrote the script and played a part. This film marked the beginning of the film career of both brothers and of a new era in Finnish cinema. He co-founded production companies Villealfa Film Productions (1981) and Marianna Films Oy (1987), as well as the Midnight Sun Film Festival (1986). In the 50th edition of the Valladolid International Film Festival, he presented his documentary Brasileirinho in SEMINCI’s documentary section Time of History. Otherwise Mika Kaurismäki has participated in Valladolid’s Official Section on four occasions with his features Three Wise Men (2008), Brothers (2011), Road North ( 2012) and The Girl King (2015).
Friday 25: Calderón
Theater, 12.00 (Press Preference Pass)
Saturday 26: Carrión Theater, 11.30 am /
Calderón Theater, 7 pm (Closing Gala)