The Other Side of Hope
Opens December 29, 2017
The new film from Finnish master Aki Kaurismäki (Le Havre) intertwines the stories of two itinerant protagonists: Khaled (Sherwan Haji), a young Syrian refugee, and Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen), a travelling salesman turned restaurateur.
This wry, melancholic comedy is a clear-eyed response to the current refugee crisis, following two people searching for a place to call home. Displaced Syrian Khaled lands in Helsinki as a stowaway; meanwhile, middle-aged salesman Wikström 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, The Other Side of Hope is a bittersweet tale of human kindness in the face of official indifference.
- Director: Aki Kaurismäki
- Principal Cast: Ville Virtanen, Dome Karukoski, Kati Outinen, Tommi Korpela, Niroz Haji
- Country: Finland, Germany
- Year: 2017
- Running Time: 100 minutes
- Producer: Aki Kaurismäki
- Screenplay: Aki Kaurismäki
- Cinematographers: Timo Salminen
- Language: Finnish, English, Arabic
- Has Subtitles: Yes