Synopsis

Finland’s master of deadpan comedy, Aki Kaurismäki (Lights in the Dusk, Le Havre), returns with the story of an unlikely friendship between a Syrian asylum seeker and an elderly Finnish restaurant owner. Winner of the 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.

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Director

Aki Kaurismäki

Cast

Sherwan Haji: Khaled Sakari Kuosmanen: Wikström Janne Hyytiäinen: Nyrhinen Ilkka Koivula: Calamnius Nuppu Koivu: Mirja Simon Hussein Al-Bazoon: Mazdak Niroz Haji: Miriam Kaija Pakarinen: Wife


Crew

Aki Kaurismäki: Director / writer / producer Timo Salminen: Director of Photography Samu Heikkilä: Editor Tero Malmberg: Sound Designer Ville Grönroos: Production Design #1 Heikki Häkkinen: Production Design #2 Markku Pätilä: Production Design #3 Tiina Kaukanen: Costumes and Make-up

Details

Original title: Toivon tuolla puolen Production year: 2017 DVD catalogue number: ART827DVD Blu-ray catalogue number: ART214BD

Awards

Winner of Best Director Silver Bear at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival




In cinemas & Curzon Home Cinema from 26 May

GENRE: Drama, Comedy

DIRECTOR: Aki Kaurismäki

CAST:
Sherwan Haji: Khaled
Sakari Kuosmanen: Wikström
Janne Hyytiäinen: Nyrhinen
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CREW:
Aki Kaurismäki: Director / writer / producer
Timo Salminen: Director of Photography
Samu Heikkilä: Editor
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DURATION: 98 Mins

COUNTRIES: Finland, Germany

LANGUAGES: English, Arabic, Finnish

AWARDS:
Winner of Best Director Silver Bear at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival

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  • “Finds the artist at the height of his powers... Winsome, sweet, and often very funny”

    David Ehrlich, Indiewire


  • “Gorgeous, cuttingly poignant”

    Tim Robey, The Telegraph


  • “Touching and compassionate... a deeply humane film, as well as a quietly hilarious one”

    Dave Calhoun, Time Out


  • “Screamingly funny in places, gorgeous-looking, marbled with melancholy and warmed through with an irresistible sense of compassion, The Other Side of Hope is the work of a master filmmaker at the very top of his game”

    Allan Hunter, The List


  • “The film's illuminating insight into the personal stories behind the statistics could not be timelier or more refreshing”

    David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter


  • “Devilishly funny”

    Ryan Gilbey, The Guardian

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