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FILM Kicks presents: ‘The Other Side of Hope’
Feb 8, 2018 7:30 pm
‘The Other Side of Hope’ starring Finland’s master of deadpan comedy, Aki Kaurismäki (Lights in the Dusk, Le Havre), is the story of an unlikely friendship between a Syrian asylum seeker and an elderly Finnish restaurant owner. Worthy winner of the 2017 Berlin Silver Bear for Best Director, it’s a beautiful, timely film from one of the world’s leading auteurs.
Khaled (Sherwan Haji) arrives at the port of Helsinki concealed in a coal container, fleeing war-torn Syria to seek asylum in Finland. Dazed and frustrated by the monolithic administration he encounters at the detention centre, he makes a break for it and heads out onto the streets. There he meets Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen), a former shirt salesman who has recently left his alcoholic wife for a new life as a bachelor restaurateur. Together, they help each other to navigate the adversities they face in these unfamiliar and often baffling new worlds.
With hilarious sight gags, poker-faced one-liners and a toe-tapping rockabilly soundtrack, Kaurismäki’s latest balances his unparalleled wit with a pressing critique of the unforgiving bureaucracy that greets vulnerable asylum seekers in modern-day Europe. Humane and sincere, it’s proof of cinema’s power to tell stories that matter, with beauty and heart.
“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)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Cast:: Sakari Kuosmanen, Sherwan Haji, Janne Hyytiäinen
Runtime: 98 min
Country: Finland, Germany
(text courtesy of Kicking Horse Culture)
Tickets for ‘The Other Side of Hope’ are purchased at the door (cash only, please):
Adult members – $12 (+GST)
Adult non-members – $12 (+GST)
Student – $5 (+GST)