The hilarious and poignant new comedy from Finnish master Aki Kaurismäki is a hugely enjoyable tale of the friendship between a young immigrant and a middle-aged Helsinki restaurateur.
The Other Side Of Hope

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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

★★★★★
“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.“
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

WINNER – 2017 BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL – BEST DIRECTOR
OFFICIAL SELECTION – IN COMPETITION – 2017 SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2017 LUX FILM PRIZE

Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 2017 Berlinale where it topped the prestigious Screen International critics’ poll, the hilarious and poignant new comedy from Finnish master Aki Kaurismäki (Drifting Clouds, Le Havre, The Man Without A Past) is a hugely enjoyable tale of the friendship between a young immigrant and an Helsinki restaurateur.

After arriving in Finland from Syria as a stowaway on a coal freighter, Khaled (Sherwan Haji) applies for asylum without much hope of success. Meanwhile, eccentric travelling shirt salesman Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen) decides to change his life, and buys an unprofitable restaurant. When the authorities deny Khaled’s application, he goes underground in the capital, encountering all sorts. He finally finds some stability when he’s hired by Wikström to work in the restaurant, but it’s far from permanent…

A great humanist filmmaker, Kaurismäki’s amusing, thoughtful films depict difficult situations in society and people coming together to help each other out. With this film, he says he is attempting to shatter the “way of only seeing refuges as either pitiful victims or arrogant ecomomic immigrants invading our societies.” With his unique sense of droll humour and fundamentally optimistic view of the world, he achieves a great deal more than that. Indeed, it’s another wry and sincere film from one of world 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.

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

The Other Side Of Hope

OPENING NIGHT SELECTION
2017 Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival
11 July-6 August – click here for details

NEW ZEALAND PREMIERE SCREENINGS
2017 New Zealand Film Festival
14 July-24 September – click here for details