The hilarious and poignant new comedy from Finnish master Aki Kaurismäki (Drifting Clouds, Le Havre) is a hugely enjoyable tale of the friendship between a young immigrant and a middle-aged Helsinki restaurateur.

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Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Cast: Sherwan Haji, Sakari Kuosmanen, Janne Hyytiäinen, Ilkka Koivula, Nuppu Koivu, Simon Hussein Al-Bazoon, Niroz Haji, Kaija Pakarinen
Duration: 100 mins
Country of Origin: Finland

MMature themes and violence


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The Other Side of Hope

★★★★1/2
“Exquisite. Like going to visit an old and much-loved friend. You emerge from Kaurismaki’s films with such feelings of tenderness, his humanity shines through without a shred of sentimentality. His quiet observation of life at its most generous and least generous is something to relish. He is one of the world’s great filmmakers.”
Margaret Pomeranz, FOXTEL ARTS SCREEN

★★★★
“Great. Head and shoulders over much of today’s cinema.”
David Stratton, THE AUSTRALIAN

★★★★★
“Effortlessly funny. A deadpan, brilliantly observed comic study.“
Geoffrey Macnab, THE INDEPENDENT

★★★★★
“Gorgeous and cuttingly poignant. You wonder how on earth Kaurismäki can bring a smile back to our faces, let alone the torrents of laughter, later on, that his film manages to unleash. You could never have heard of Aki Kaurismäki and come away from this film knowing exactly what the fuss has always been about. He has a precious knack for jokes that work beautifully in any language.“
Tim Robey, THE TELEGRAPH

★★★★★
“Screamingly funny. Gorgeous, marbled with melancholy and warmed through with an irresistible sense of compassion, this is the work of a master filmmaker at the very top of his game. Simply sublime.“
Allan Hunter, THE LIST

“A whimsical joy from start to finish. Pure, unadulterated cinematic pleasure.“
David Jenkins, LITTLE WHITE LIES

“Humane and gravely funny. At once honest and artful, a touching and clearsighted declaration of faith in people and in movies.”
A.O. Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES

WINNER – FIPRESCI GRAND PRIX – BEST FILM OF 2017
WINNER – 2017 BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL – BEST DIRECTOR
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2017 TORONTO, TELLURIDE, SYDNEY & NEW YORK FILM FESTIVALS

Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival, where it topped the prestigious Screen International critics’ poll, the hilarious and poignant new comedy from beloved director Aki Kaurismäki (Le Havre, Drifting Clouds, The Man Without A Past) is a richly enjoyable and compassionate crowdpleaser about the friendship between a newcomer to Helsinki and a budding – if completely inexperienced – restaurateur.

After arriving in Finland from Syria as a stowaway on a freighter, Khaled (superb newcomer Sherwan Haji) applies for asylum. Things don’t look encouraging, and not all locals present a welcoming face. But after crossing paths with stoic travelling shirt salesman-turned-entrepreneur Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen), he finds an unlikely source of kindness and connection. When Khaled eventually receives news of his missing sister, Wikström hatches a scheme to help reunite the pair, but it seems getting out of Finland is much, much trickier than getting in…

Kaurismäki’s thoughtful and unmistakably droll films often depict difficult situations and people working in solidarity to overcome them, but with THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE he reaches new levels of resonance. Indeed, this intelligent, funny and affecting film has been hailed one of his best, and a masterful swansong from one of cinema’s finest auteurs.

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“There is a sense, by depicting altruism in desperate times, that he is trying to foster kindness in his audience: you cannot help but emerge from his films with more faith in humanity.” – The Guardian profiles Aki Kaurismäki.

“Cinema’s drollest hipster.” – Terrence Rafferty, The Atlantic

Sherwan Haji walks the red carpet for the Australian Premiere Screening at the 2017 Sydney Film Festival (11/06/17)

Watch Mark Kermode review for BBC Radio (video)

The Other Side Of Hope

AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE SEASON NOW SHOWING at:
Balwyn (VIC) – Palace Balwyn
Geelong (VIC) – The Pivotonian
Launceston (TAS) – Village Cinemas
Noosa (QLD) – Event Cinemas

OUT AUGUST 1 ON DVD
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  The Other Side of Hope