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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: 01:41:00
  • imdb Score: 7.3/10 (5,447 votes)
  • Language: Finnish | English | Arabic | Swedish
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Cast: Ville Virtanen, Dome Karukoski, Tommi Korpela
"THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE is as contemporary and vital a film as you’re likely to find in 2017, but it’s also one of the funniest and most classically (not to mention beautifully) cinematic too."
Rory O'Connor - THE FILM STAGE

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

"As a writer, Kaurismäki has a precious knack for jokes that work beautifully in any language."
Tim Robey - THE TELEGRAPH

"Somehow one of the effects of our current state of topsy-turviness has been to bring us closer into alignment with Kaurismäki’s skewed vision; if his movies are all, in their way, like pictures hanging crooked on a wall, with THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE we don’t have to tilt our heads anymore: the whole house has moved around us."
Jessica Kiang - THE PLAYLIST

"As a writer, Kaurismäki has a precious knack for jokes that work beautifully in any language."
Tim Robey - THE TELEGRAPH

"Winsome, sweet, and often very funny, THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE is more of the same from Kaurismäki, and thank God for that."
David Ehrlich - INDIEWIRE

"Using comedy to chase away the despair of modern life, THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE is a thoroughly satisfying and distinctively lovable film."
Patrick Gamble - CINEVUE

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

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 ...