Aku Louhimies is an award-winning director and screenwriter. Over the last decade his highly acclaimed, commercially successful films have established him as one of the most preeminent directors of Scandinavian cinema today.
Aku is currently directing REBELLION, a five-part historical drama for RTE, produced by Element Pictures and Touchpaper Television.
He has directed eight feature films, among them LOVERS AND LEAVERS (2002), FROZEN LAND (2005), MAN EXPOSED (2006) and TEARS OF APRIL (2008). Louhimies has been nominated for, and won, numerous Jussi Awards (Finnish Film Awards) for both his writing and direction.
He was most recently nominated for his powerful, multi-narrative drama NAKED HARBOUR (2012) and also for his latest film, hard-hitting crime-drama 8-BALL, which enjoyed both critical and box-office success. He has also directed the multiple award-winning television series FRAGMENTS (2003) among other television projects.
In 2004, Aku was elected Director of the Year by the Association of Finnish Film Directors. He is currently serving as the head of the Finnish Directors Guild.
Aku attended school in the United Sates, graduating from Billings West High School in Montana before returning to Finland to study history at the University of Helsinki, and film directing at Aalto University. He is currently lecturing in the school as part of their PhD programme.
He is fluent in English, Finnish, Swedish, and Spanish.
NAKED HARBOUR – Official Trailer