Aki Kaurismäki’s new film Le Havre has been selected to compete in the Cannes Film Festival’s main competition category along with 18 other films.
In this category are films from the likes of Pedro Almodovar and Lars von Trier. The chair of the jury this year is Robert de Niro.
Le Havre tells the story of Marcel Marx, former writer and well-known bohemian who has gone into self-imposed exile in the harbour town of Le Havre. His life becomes complicated when he steps in to help an underage African refugee.
The film’s main roles feature André Wilms and Kati Outinen. The film’s Finnish premiere is in September.
Le Havre is Aki Kaurismäki’s fourth film to be picked for the main competition category and, of these, The Man without a Past was awarded the Grand Prix in 2002.