The Other Side of Hope

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Finland | 2017 | 100 minutes | Aki Kaurismäki

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