“The Man Without a Past,” a 2002 Finnish film directed by Aki Kaurismäki, will be screened Friday as part of the International Film Series.
The series is co-sponsored by the United Nations Association of Davis and International House. Doors at I-House, 10 College Park, open at 7:30 p.m. and the film begins promptly at 8 p.m.
There is no charge, but donations are accepted with gratitude to help cover the cost of DVD rental, facilities use and refreshments.
Nominated for an Oscar as Best Foreign Language Film, this comedy-drama is part of director Kaurismäki’s Finland trilogy and is considered one of his masterpieces.
It’s the story of a welder (Markku Peltola) who is severely beaten one night on his way home and is left for dead at a hospital from which he escapes when regaining consciousness. As a result of his injuries, he has lost his memory.
He starts life from scratch, lives in a container dwelling, gets clothes from the Salvation Army and develops a relationship with equally lonely Salvation Army employee Irma (Kati Outinen), but runs into various difficulties because he cannot provide his name or other needed information for identification.
He is taken care of by a community of close-to-homeless people who help him, and eventually he helps them as well.
It is a film about what makes us human and how we can help each other out. It is also about the necessity of having documents to prove who we are. Finnish humor is delivered in a deadpan manner.