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.
Aki Kaurismäki
Sakari Kuosmanen Sherwan Haji Janne Hyytiäinen Simon Al-Bazoon Kati Outinen Kaija Pakarinen
NR 1 hour, 40 minutes

12.08.1712.14.17

THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE

by Aki Kaurismäki

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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.

Synopsis

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.


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With

Sakari Kuosmanen, Sherwan Haji, Janne Hyytiäinen, Simon Al-Bazoon, Kati Outinen, Kaija Pakarinen

Director

Aki Kaurismäki

Run time

1 hour, 40 minutes

Released

December 1, 2017

Distributed by

Janus Films

Showing

Dec 8 through Dec 14

12.14 Thu 7:10 p.m.
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