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Aki Kaurismäki on Why He’ll Never Make a Digital Film: ‘I Am a Filmmaker, Not a Pixel-Maker’

He doesn't plan on making one about the wealthy, either.

Aki Kaurismaki

Aki Kaurismaki

Conventional wisdom suggests that 35mm film is going the way of the dodo, but Aki Kaurismäki has never been conventional. Long a favorite among arthouse audiences, the Finnish filmmaker has made an unsurprising — though not unwelcome — pledge: never to make a digital film.

“I will die with my boots on. I won’t make a digital film in this life,” he tells the Sydney Morning Herald in a wide-ranging interview. “Cinema is made from light. I am a filmmaker, not a pixel-maker.”

He doesn’t plan on making a movie about the wealthy anytime soon, either. “Of course, the working class is not such a sexy and commercial subject, I understand from the popcorn audience,”Kaurismäki continues. “But I couldn’t write dialogue for upper-class people because I wouldn’t know what they say. I don’t know if they talk at all. Maybe they are just shopping. And selling and buying stocks. Stocks and stockings. I find rich people boring.”

Also unsurprising to anyone who’s seen films like “Drifting Clouds” and “The Match Factory Girl”: Kaurismäki’s droll sense of humor is paired with a cynical worldview. “I never had very high hopes of humanity,” he adds. “I had hope 20 years ago, but not now. Greed will kill us – and maybe that’s OK for the planet. Because it all goes back to money. Everything goes back to money.” Read his full interview here.

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