Aku Louhimies debut feature film Restless (2000) was a major box office hit, just like his second feature Lovers and Leavers (2002).
His third feature Frozen Land (2005) has been a favorite of the audience and the critics from the start.
Three weeks after the premiere Frozen Land was the great winner of 28th Göteborg Film Festival in February 2005 with four awards in Nordic Competition.
Feature films directed by Aku Louhimies:
Restless (Levottomat ) Solar Films, 2000
Lovers and Leavers (Kuutamolla) MRP, 2002
Frozen Land (Paha maa) Solar Films, 2005
Man Exposed (Riisuttu mies) Lasihelmifilmi, 2006
Frozen City (Valkoinen kaupunki ) Solar Films, 2006
Tears of April (Käsky) Helsinki-Filmi, 2008
More about Aku Louhimies
Directors note of Frozen City
"With low production costs we were able to create a creative freedom to make a film that would have been hard to finance otherwise. Shot entirely on location in Helsinki Finland. The Police and the guards are all non-professionals in acting, performing their real duties.
Improvisation is used trough the whole script especially in the scenes including children.
This film is very personal for all of us.
No animals were harmed."
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic, 30.6.–8.7.2006, IN COMPETITION
Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia, 26.7.–13.8.2006
Filmtältet, Malmöfestivalen, Sweden, 18.–25.8.2006
Montreal World Film Festival, Canada, 24.8.–4.9.2006
Helsinki International Film Festival Love & Anarchy, Finland, 14.–24.9.2006
Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival / 2nd Eurasia Film Festival, Turkey, 16.–23.9.2006, IN COMPETITION
Athens International Film Festival, Greece, 21.9.–1.10.2006
Copenhagen Film Festival, Denmark, 21.9.–1.10.2006
Almaty, Kazakstan, International Film Festival Eurasia, 25.9.–1.10.2006, IN COMPETITION
Reykjavik International Film Festival, Iceland, 28.9.–8.10.2006
Mill Valley Festival, CA, USA, 5.–15.10.2006
Warsaw International Film Festival, Poland, 6.–15.10.2006
Flanders International Film Festival, Ghent, Belgium, 10.–21.10.2006, IN COMPETITION
Athens, Greece, 19th Panorama of European Cinema, 12.–22.10.2006, IN COMPETITION
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage, Germany, 1.–5.11.2006
Denver International Film Festival, CO, USA, 9.–19.11.2006
Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, Taiwan, 10.–25.11.2006
Vilnius, Lithuania, Scanorama, 10.–30.11.2006
Paris, France,Europa Cinemas´Annual Conference, Cinema l´Entrepot, 16.11.2006
Bratislava, Slovak Republic, International Film Festival 1.–9.12.2006
St. Petersburg, Finnish Film Week, Russia, 1.–7.12.2006
London, Barbican, Finnish Film Week, 7.–13.12.2006
Palm Springs International Film Festival, CA, USA, 4.–15.1.2007
Moscow, Finnish Film Week, January 2007
Tromso International Film Festival, Norway, 16.–21.1.2007
Internationales Filmwochenende 25.–28.1.2007
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic, 30.6.–8.7.2006
Europa Cinemas Label Award
FICC Special Mention
The Flanders International Film Festival, Ghent, Belgium, 10.–21.10.2006
Nordische Filmtage Lübeck, Germany, 1.–5.11.2006
Special Mention of Interfilm Church Jury
The Finnish Movie Awards, Helsinki, Finland 4.2.2007
Best Directing, Best Leading Actor, Best Leading Actress, Best Script, Best Editing