What would he say defines the Finnish character? "Melancholy," he says instantly.
(..) "It is always dark, and when it is dark, it is also dark in the mind."
Aki Kaurismäki as interviewed by The Guardian
When the nights are longer than the days, darkness clouds the senses. Time seems to go slower and the world feels isolated by a thick black haze. The lack of information puts your mind to sleep; a mental hibernation that is brutally awakened by the endless days of summer.
By now, I'm more accustomed to the moon than to the sun.
Interview and 'Nocturnes' at Art Magazin (German only)
Interview about 'Nocturnes' at Fotografia Magazine
'Nocturnes' on the website of GUP Magazine
'Nocturnes' on Vinkkipankki at Lily.fi (Finnish only)