The Other Side of Hope (Toivon Tuolla Puolen)

22/11/2018 19:30.
Cert 15

Following Le Havre (2012), the first in his Dockyard trilogy, Kaurismäki sets this film in Helsinki, where Syrian refugee Khaled arrives in search of his lost sister. Kaurismäki’s familiar deadpan humour and use of 1950s style settings, are again in evidence. Refused asylum, Khaled goes on the run, encountering the dangers (and cold) of the streets. Meanwhile antihero Wikstrom prepares to leave his wife and the drudgery of his work in search of happier times in the restaurant business. Inevitably his and Khaled’s lives cross and new beginnings result. A gentle and mostly humorous commentary on the challenges of migration and acceptance in our times. Best director award, 2017 Berlin Film Festival. “It all adds up to a gently loving fable with a straightforward political message that home can be wherever you find it.” (Nick James, bfi.org.uk)

Dir: Aki Kaurismäki  100mins  Fin/Ger 2017

Preceded by the Annual General Meeting at 7.30 pm