THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE (TOIVON TUOLLA PUOLEN)
Dir AKI KAURISMÄKI.
FINLAND 2017. 98 min.
Aki Kaurismäki won Best Director at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival for this tragicomic masterpiece, the story of Khaled, a Syrian asylum seeker whose life collides with that of Wikström, a Finnish salesman fleeing a miserable marriage. Kaurismäki doesn’t duck the brutal realities of refugee life, but nonetheless finds courage, hope and kindness as these two mismatched outsiders rebuild their lives.
With Sherwan Haji, Sakari Kuosmanen, Janne Hyytiäinen. 98min. Digital. EST. Cert TBC. Courtesy of Curzon Artificial Eye.
“Gorgeous … cuttingly poignant.” The Telegraph (five stars)
“A beautiful celebration of cultural diversity…a whimsical joy from start to finish.” Little White Lies
“Aki Kaurismaki’s gorgeous tragicomedy about the refugee crisis in Europe … The film’s illuminating insight into the personal stories behind the statistics could not be timelier or more refreshing.” The Hollywood Reporter
“Devilishly funny” The Guardian (four stars)
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