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Painfully shy match factory worker Iiris (Kaurismäki regular Outinen) ekes out a bleak subsistence in Helsinki, where she is scorned by her ineffectual mother and stepfather and her clumsy attempts at social interaction are met with indifference. When a one-night stand leaves her pregnant and alone, Iris takes matters into her own hands—in spectacular fashion. With Kaurismäki’s characteristic deadpan, The Match Factory Girl walks a fine line between grim and grimly hilarious.
This screening is preceded by a 6-minute Leningrad Cowboys music video ("Those Were the Days") directed by Kaurismäki.