The Other Side of Hope(AK)
Back to his hometown for another coolly comic and sympathetic take on the refugee crisis, Aki brings together two men from different worlds – a sour Helsinki restaurateur and a fleeing Syrian asylum seeker – who forge an unlikely but mutually enriching friendship, navigating the hardship and heartbreak to begin life anew. Covering a serious refugee story with an unworldly absurdity, the Berlinale Best Director never fails to combine poignancy with torrents of laughter – not unlike the taste of the salted herring sushi loaded with wasabi – to speak of selfless compassion without sentimentality, and beliefs of hope in an unforgiving world.
Aki Kaurismäki
Sherwan Haji, Sakari Kuosmanen, Janne Hyytiäinen
Release Date
Finnish, English, Arabic, Swedish
Run Time
100 minutes
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