The Other Side Of Hope

2017, Finland-Germany
100 min., col., language — Finnish, English, Arabian

Director and Scriptwriter Aki Kaurismäki
DoP Timo Salminen 
Production design Ville Grönroos, Heikki Häkkinen, Markku Pätilä
Music Vince Pope
Editing Samu Heikkilä
Cast Sherwan Haji, Sakari Kuosmanen, Janne Hyytiäinen, Ilkka Koivula, Nuppu Koivu, Simon Hussein Al-Bazoon, Niroz Haji, Kaija Pakarinen
Producers Aki Kaurismäki, Misha Jaari, Mark Lwoff, Reinhard Brundig
Production Sputnik Oy, Oy Bufo Ab, Pandora Film
World Sales The Match Factory
Distribution (RF) Russian Report

Khaled 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, 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.

  • Silver Bear to Best Director, Berlinale-2017
  • Best feature prize at Jerusalem and Luxembourg IFF
  • Best international director prize, Munich IFF-2017 and others

Director, scriptwriter, editor, producer. Prize winner of Cannes, Berlin, San Sebastian, Moscow and many other film festivals and awards. Born in 1957. Studied journalism at the University of Tampere. Started his career as a co-screenwriter and actor in films made by his older brother, Mika Kaurismäki. Together they founded the production company Villealfa Filmproductions Oy. His debut as an independent director was «Crime and Punishment» (1983; Jussy Awards for Best script and Best debut, participated at Taormina IFF). Select filmography: «Ariel» (1988, two prizes ar Moscow IFF), «Leningrad Cowboys Go America» (1989, TV), «The Match Factory Girl» (1990), «I Hired a Contract Killer» (1990), «La Vie de Bohème» (1992, the FIPRESCI Prize at Berlinale), «Always Be Human» (1996), «Juha» (1999), «The Man Without a Past» (2002, Grand-prix of the Jury, and Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at Cannes), «Lights in the Dusk» (2006), «Le Havre» (2011, the FIPRESCI Prize, and Prize of the Ecumenical Jury — Special Mention at Cannes). At the 67th Berlinale Aki Kaurismäki announced that «The Other Side of Hope» would be his last film as a director.