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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. 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.

  • Director: Aki Kaurismäki
  • Country: Finland
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama
  • Year: 2017
  • Run Time: 01:40:00
  • imdb Score: 7.3/10 (3,156 votes)
  • Language: Finnish | English | Arabic | Swedish
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Cast: Ville Virtanen, Dome Karukoski, Tommi Korpela
"THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE is a comically dark look at countries handling and views of Syrian Refugees"
Stephanie Archer - FILM INQUIRY

"While Kaurismaki's deadpan sense of humor remains, his humanist side feels more prominent than ever before."
Brian Tallerico - ROGEREBERT.COM

"Maverick as ever but fully engaged with the modern world, Kaurismäki dials back his trademark absurdism with a wry allegory of human struggle, empathy and connection."
Philip De Semlyen - EMPIRE MAGAZINE

"It works, it charms, it often entrances; even when some of the subject matter - here the world refugee crisis - tests the envelope of Kaurismaki's wilful parochialism."
Nigel Andrews - FINANCIAL TIMES

AWARDS

Jameson Dublin Int'l Film Festival 2017
DFCC Best Actor

Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards 2017
Best Actor

San Sebastián Int'l Film Festival 2017
Best Director

Berlin Int'l Film Festival 2017
Best Director

Luxembourg City Film Festival 2017
Best Director

Jerusalem Film Festival 2017
Fest Feature

Munich Film Festival 2017
Best International Director

FESTIVALS

Golden Apricot Int'l Film Festival 2017

Golden Apricot Int'l Film Festival 2017

Philadelphia Int'l Film Festival 2017

Chicago Int'l Film Festival 2017

Karlovy Vary Int'l Film Festival 2017

Odessa Int'l Film Festival 2017

Luxembourg City Film Festival 2017

Sydney Film Festival 2017

Jerusalem Film Festival 2017

Telluride Film Festival 2017

New York Film Festival 2017

and more ...