THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE

THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE

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Finland’s master of deadpan comedy, Aki Kaurismäki ('Lights in the Dusk', 'Le Havre'), returns with the story of an unlikely friendship between a Syrian asylum seeker and a middle-aged Finnish restaurant owner. Winner of the Berlin Silver Bear for Best Director, it’s a beautiful, timely film from one of the world's leading auteurs. Khaled (Sherwan Haji) arrives at the port of Helsinki concealed in a coal container, fleeing war-torn Syria to seek asylum in Finland. Dazed and frustrated by the monolithic administration he encounters at the detention centre, he makes a break for it and heads out onto the streets. There he meets Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen), a former shirt salesman who has recently left his alcoholic wife for a new life as a bachelor restaurateur. Together, they help each other to navigate the adversities they face in these unfamiliar and often baffling new worlds. With hilarious sight gags, poker-faced one liners and a toe-tapping rockabilly soundtrack, Kaurismäki’s latest balances his unparalleled wit with a pressing critique of the unforgiving bureaucracy that greets vulnerable asylum seekers in modern-day Europe. Humane and sincere, it's proof of cinema's power to tell stories that matter, with beauty and heart. ✮✮✮✮ "Sympathetic and charming" – Peter Bradshaw's Film of the Week, The Guardian ✮✮✮✮ "A deeply humane film as well as a quietly hilarious one" - Dave Calhoun, Time Out ✮✮✮✮ "Devilishly funny" - Ryan Gilbey, The Guardian ✮✮✮✮✮ "Gorgeous, cuttingly poignant" - Tim Robey, The Telegraph ✮✮✮✮✮ "The work of a master filmmaker at the top of his game" - Allan Hunter, The List
12
100 minutes
2017
FINLAND
ARABIC, ENGLISH, FINNISH, SWEDISH
ENGLISH
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