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The Other Side of Hope

The Other Side of Hope

The Other Side of Hope

2017 / 101min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: AKI KAURISMäKI

CAST: SHERWAN HAJI, SAKARI KUOSMANEN, ILKKA KOIVULA, KATI OUTINEN

Syrian refugee Sherwan Haji, escaping the horrors of Aleppo, arrives illegally in Helsinki, and immediately faces deportation—until, that is, he finds an unlikely ally in the form of Sakari Kuosmanen, a traveling salesman weary of the road who’s decided to open a restaurant, and who brings the young man on to help him realize his dream. Kaurismäki’s artistic response to the very real migrant crisis in Europe is perhaps one of his very best films, “a touching and clear-sighted declaration of faith in people and in movies.”—The New York Times