Le Café de mes Souvenirs is an international, French-Finnish music film. The movie is written and directed by Valto Baltzar. The plot runs partly through songs composed originally for the film by a Finnish jazz composer Heikki Sarmanto. The Prague Symphony Orchestra performs the score and songs for the film.The songs are performed in the movie by the actors and actresses.
Le Café de mes Souvenirs is the love story of Emilie and Philippe. Emilie works in a café owned by her mother in Helsinki and Philippe has moved from France to Finland to teach French. The plot runs through songs telling about love in a time where the surrounding world keeps growing tougher and true humanity is not easy to come by. When society gets more and more fragmented, not everyone can keep up. This is what happens to Philippe, who despite all his struggles decides to survive.
The movie is a beautiful story about human relationships and how today's working life and te pressures of our surroundings can lead a person to the point of exhaustion. At the same time the movie is a story about starting over and building something new.
The movie is an homage to the French movie classic The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg) directed by Jacques Demy. The film is filmed in Finland and France. In Finland the film is filmed in Helsinki, Porvoo, Kauniainen and Sipoo. In France the filming took place in Cherbourg and Paris. Finnish design plays a central part in the set design, for example the designs of Yrjö Kukkapuro and Marimekko can be seen in the film. The cities of Helsinki and Cherbourg are in collaboration with the film. The film is filmed using eco-friendly energy.
thoughts of the film
“It was my turn to organize a movie night for my neighbours. In the video rental shop I just so happened to pick up the movie “Les Parapluies de Cherbourg”, which made an incredible impression on me. That was when Cherbourg first appeared in my life, and I decided to go see the town in person. On the spot I discovered it gave out that same feel as the movie, and once more I praised Jacques Demy’s genius. A small, idyllic town. First love. Deneuve. Castelnuovo. How safe and magnificent to have the chance to grow up in such an environment. I have grown up in a small town, one which may seem lonely and abandoned on the outside. I’d like to remind people that there is life outside the big cities as well. We live in a time where small counties’ value goes undetected, and big cities keep hogging the attention of the authorities. The depression of the small counties goes unseen. Cherbourg got me to think of authenticity, which you often encounter outside the metropolis. Valto Baltzar Director & Scriptwriter
"After the advent of the postmodern cinema (which I call the second new wave) it has seemed impossible to come back to a certain innocence in moviemaking. However, Valto Baltzar's new work seems to make exactly that impossible move, bearing a possibility in becoming a strong example of the third new wave of personal cinema. Baltzar's collaboration with the composer Heikki Sarmanto in the movie project "Le Café de mes Souvenirs" reminds me strongly of the collaborative work between the 1960's new wave director Jacques Demy and the composer Michel Legrand. Like Demy, Baltzar brings in his worldmaking his realm of fantasy in a close connection with the issues of the contemporary reality. Music is inseparable of the love story, which invites the spectator with itś familiarity to be surprised of how the events will develop."
Kari Yli-Annala Artistic director, AVEK Awarded lecturer
Lyrics written by Valto Baltzar, Heikki Sarmanto is the composer of the film. Heikki Sarmanto is a Finnish jazz pianist and composer. Sarmanto began to play jazz during the 1960s. He studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Sarmanto has released numerous recordings, published scores as well as having several film scores to his credit. Sarmanto has collaborated with jazz musicians such as Sonny Rollins, Art Farmer and Helen Merrill.
Director & Scriptwriter Valto Baltzar
Composer Heikki Sarmanto
Actors & Actresses Lionel Nakache - Philippe Eveliina Kauhanen - Emilie Anouchka Delon - Maria Irina Björklund - Charlotta Ilkka Merivaara - Elias Minna Koskela - Inna Jorma Uotinen - Ilmari Elias Keränen - Timo Victoire Vecchierini - Emma Ines Kakkonen - Anna Iida Ikonen - Ella Niko Saarela - Tapani
Producers Valto Baltzar Kimmo Koskela Alf Hemming
Cinemaphotographer Kimmo Koskela
Director's Assistant Kari Yli-Annala
Costumer Anu Gould
Production Designer Maria Jännes
Coreography, Finland Wilma-Emilia Kuosa
Coreography, France Riina Koivisto
International Distribution Partner Kartano Audio Ltd.