The other side of hope

Thursday, Feb. 1 @ 7 pm / Galaxy Cinemas / Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Finland/Germany 2017
Finnish/English/Arabic/Swedish / 100 minutes
Rating: PG

Khaled (Sherwan Haji) works as a mechanic before fleeing Syria in a shipping container and accidently landing on the shores of Helsinki. Wikstrom (Sakari Kuosmanen), a middle-aged menswear salesman, leaves his prickly, alcoholic wife and offloads his remaining stock to fund a career change. Through Wikstrom’s new venture, the two men collide and connect in an unexpected friendship. Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Director at this year’s Berlinale, The Other Side of Hope deftly mixes tragedy and wry humour in this timely story of an unlikely community coming together under difficult circumstances.

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.

Kristen Yoonsoo Kim, Village Voice

The guiding ethic of The Other Side of Hope is as much topical as it
universal: that altruism is not especially brave or courageous, but just
the basic principle governing relations between human beings.

John Semley, Globe and Mail

This is a world that reeks of cigarette smoke and cheap vodka, yet as
always in the work of Finland’s maestro of droll melancholy, the perfume that lingers longest is empathy. 

David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter