Finnish director Aki Kaurismakihas withdrawn from the race for an Academy Award nomination in the BestForeign-Language Film category.
He has told the FinnishOscar Committee that he does not want LightsIn The Dusk - the final film in his losers'trilogy - to be
"Kaurismaki was apparentlynever contacted by the committee about entering his film, and when he learnedabout it he decided he would not participate," explained international departmentKirsi Tykkylainen, head of the Finnish Film Foundation's internationaldepartment. "Speculations in local media that he acted from political motiveshave not been confirmed. But he never made it a secret that he doesn't likeBush."
In 2003 Kaurismaki cancelledhis trip to the
Already a national hero,awarded the Finnish president's Pro Finlandia Medal, Kaurismaki receivedearlier this month the Baltic Star Award from