The Other Side of Hope

Writer-director Aki Kaurismäki further sharpens his craft with The Other Side of Hope, offering a timely drama whose melancholy air is leavened by its empathy.

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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“ Admirers of the director's work will embrace his famously deadpan style, minimalist sense of humour, static camera and grimy production design...a (relatively) minor Kaurismaki film is still head and shoulders over much of today's cinema.”

David Stratton

“Most of the characters face a daily question: to be kind or unkind. Kaurismaki builds a heroic narrative around that idea.”

Sydney Morning Herald

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Monday 30 July
Deckchair Cinema

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Friday 31 August
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Wednesday 5 September
Deckchair Cinema

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Aki Kaurismäki



Running Time

100 minutes


Country of Origin



Finnish with English subtitles