Silver Bear
Berlin International Film Festival
FIPRESCI Film of the Year
San Sebastián International Film Festival
It's at once honest and artful, a touching and clearsighted declaration of faith in people and in movies.
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The Other Side of Hope

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.

Played at

Playhouse 7, 12.09.17 - 12.17.17
Rated NR This film is subtitled This film is subtitled
Runtime: 98 min
Language: Arabic, English, Finnish, Swedish

Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Cast: Sakari Kuosmanen, Sherwan Haji

  • Winner, Silver Bear, Berlin International Film Festival
  • Winner, FIPRESCI Film of the Year, San Sebastián International Film Festival
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