On their fourth album, Berlin-based Finnish guitarist Kalle Kalima's trio Klima Kalima has drawn inspiration from the cinematic works of Aki Kaurismäki, Matti Kassila and Mikko Niskanen.
These compositions are dedicated to the Finnish film noir. Films by Matti Kassila, Aki Kaurismäki and Mikko Niskanen have served as a source of inspiration for the music. "The album is not a soundtrack but rather a reminiscence of a certain feeling that each film has left in my mind," says Kalle Kalima, the composer.
As a child Kalima was fascinated by the inspector Palmu films. The flair of 1960s Helsinki combined with the great characters and a lot of humor and excitement. The stories were written by the great Mika Waltari, who is perhaps the best-known Finnish author internationally for his best-selling novel, Sinuhe, the Egyptian.
This is how he continues: "A few years later I saw Aki Kaurismäki´s work Calamari Union. This film is an incredible odysseia of 12 Franks, who are crossing Helsinki but dying one after another trying to do it. Also made in the romantic 1980s, Kaurismäkis film Ariel is incredibly sad and funny at the same time dealing with hard Finnish facts of life. Mikko Niskanen´s Eight Deadly Bullets was an early 1970s TV film based on a true story about a poor farmer in the Finnish countryside, who gets in trouble with the police and ends up shooting four policemen. To me this film is a finno-ugrian variation of a wild west story."