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We’re proud to present FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION, an ongoing showcase featuring some of 2017’s most impressive, critically acclaimed, and soon to be nominated films that you may have been remiss in watching during their initial runs. Now it’s your time to catch up and be part of the conversation!
In Aki Kaurismäki’s response to the current refugee crisis, a poker-playing restaurateur and former traveling salesman befriends a group of refugees that has recently arrived in Finland.
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.
“Despite its serious subject – the refugee crisis hitting Europe – The Other Side of Hope is also very funny, never losing sight of the droll, comic upside to life, but never making light of tragedy, either.” – The Village Voice
“It’s at once honest and artful, a touching and clear sighted declaration of faith in people and in movies.” – The New York Times
“A deeply humane film, as well as a quietly hilarious one.” – Time Out
Runtime: 98 minutes
Directors: Aki Kaurismäki
Country: Finland / Germany
Language: Finnish, Arabic w/ English subtitles; English
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