The Other Side of Hope

The Other Side of Hope

A FILM BY: Aki Kaurismäki
WRITTEN BY: Aki Kaurismäki
STARRING: Ville Virtanen, Dome Karukoski, Kati Outinen

**Winner - Silver Bear (Best Director) - Berlin International Film Festival**

**Presented on 35MM**

This wry, melancholic comedy from Aki Kaurismäki, a clear-eyed response to the current refugee crisis, follows two people searching for a place to call home. Displaced Syrian Khaled (Sherwan Haji) lands in Helsinki as a stowaway; meanwhile, middle-aged salesman Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen) leaves behind his wife and job and buys a conspicuously unprofitable seafood restaurant. After Khaled is denied asylum, he decides not to return to Aleppo—and the paths of the two men cross fortuitously. As deadpan as the best of the director’s work, and with a deep well of empathy for its down-but-not-out characters (many of them played by members of Kaurismäki's ever-reliable stock company), The Other Side of Hope is a bittersweet tale of human kindness in the face of official indifference.

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“Aki Kaurismäki delivers his timeliest and most heartfelt film, mixing humor, pathos, and anger.” -- Chicago Reader

“A deeply humane film, as well as a quietly hilarious one.” --Time Out

 

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: Finland
Language: Finnish
Run Time: 100 mins
Format: 35mm