The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) 15

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DIRECTOR Aki Kaurismäki
CAST Sherwan Haji, Sakari Kuosmanen, Janne Hyytiäinen, Ilkka Koivula

A wry comedy-drama from Finnish auteur Aki Kaurismäki about a poker-playing Helsinki restaurateur who befriends a Syrian refugee.

In this wry comedy-drama from Finnish auteur Aki Kaurismäki (Le Havre), a poker-playing Helsinki restaurateur befriends a Syrian refugee newly arrived in Finland. Simultaneously hysterical and heart-breaking, Kaurismäki combines his dry wit and idiosyncratic visual style to show how refugees can be welcomed, or rejected, by all the flawed and normal (or sometimes rather odd) individuals they meet.
(2017 Finland / Germany 100 mins Subtitled)

The veteran filmmaker’s mind is on the European refugee crisis. In his own idiosyncratic way Kaurismäki addresses this hot topic by asking: why would anyone want to come to horrible old Finland anyway? The beauty of ‘The Other Side of Hope’ is that Kaurismäki also manages to be touching and compassionate along the way … Movingly, this sort of wry humour sits alongside a persuasive vision of what it might mean to be a Syrian refugee in Finland, complete with fascist bullying and threats of violence. It’s a deeply humane film, as well as a quietly hilarious one.  Dave Calhoun, Time Out

Language: Finnish / English / Arabic / Swedish

BBFC advice: Contains moderate violence and racist behaviour
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