Leningrad Cowboys Go America Leningrad Cowboys Go America
  • Finland
  • 1989
  • 79 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • Finnish, English
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A struggling Siberian rock band leaves the lonely tundra to tour the United States because, as they’re told, “they’ll buy anything there.” Aki Kaurismäki’s winningly aloof farce follows the musicians as they bravely make their way across the New World, carrying a bandmate (and some beer) in a coffin and sporting hairdos that resemble unicorn horns. Leningrad Cowboys Go America was such a sensation that it brought the fictional band a major real-life following.

Film Essays

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Eclipse 29: Aki Kaurismäki’s Leningrad Cowboys

By Michael Koresky October 18, 2011

Are the Leningrad Cowboys for real? With pointy pompadours reaching to impossible heights above their expressionless faces and needlelike winklepicker shoes that could have been torn from the . . . Read more »

Press Notes

Press Notes: Aki Kaurismäki’s Leningrad Cowboys

November 02, 2011

Dennis Lim begins his recentLos Angeles Times piece on Aki Kaurismäki by announcing that the Finnish director has “joined the ranks of the master auteurs.” Read more »


Film Essays

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Eclipse 29: Aki Kaurismäki’s Leningrad Cowboys

By Michael Koresky October 18, 2011

Are the Leningrad Cowboys for real? With pointy pompadours reaching to impossible heights above their expressionless faces and needlelike winklepicker shoes that could have been torn from the . . . Read more »


News

Janus Films Acquires Kaurismäki’s Latest

July 28, 2011

We’re pleased to announce that Janus Films has picked up the North American rights to Aki Kaurismäki’sLe Havre, which, as you may have heard, premiered to much acclaim in May at the Cannes Film . . . Read more »