The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen)

  • Dir: Aki Kaurismäki

  • Finland, 2017, 100 mins, DCP

  • Cast: Sherwan Haji, Sakari Kuosmanen, Janne Hyytiäinen

From Le Havre (36th HKIFF), deadpan comedy master Aki Kaurismäki is back to his hometown Helsinki, bringing with him a fleeing Syrian who seeks asylum in his droll melancholy. Together with an old Finn who walks out on his alcoholic wife and buys a failing restaurant, the two misfits forge an unlikely friendship and navigate the adversities they face in the baffling new worlds. Covering a serious refugee story with unworldly absurdity, the Berlinale Best Director never fails to combine poignancy with torrents of laughter, like the taste of salted herring sushi loaded with wasabi, in a spicy critique against anti-immigrant prejudice.

2017 Berlin International Film Festival, Silver Bear for Best Director


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    Tickets available at screening venue on screening date 19/08/2017 (Sat)
    Buy ticket 27/08/2017 (Sun)


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