The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen)

2017 | Finland, Germany | NR | 100 min.


Central High School Auditorium Sat, Aug 4, 2018 9:00 AM
City Opera House Sun, Aug 5, 2018 6:00 PM
Film Info
Section:Foreign Fiction
Release Year:2017
Runtime:100 min.
Premiere Status:Michigan Premiere
Production Country:Finland
Original Language:Arabic
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Aki Kaurismäki
Produced by:Aki Kaurismäki
Screenwriter:Aki Kaurismäki
Cinematography:Timo Salminen
Editing By:Samu Heikkilä
Cast:Sherwan Haji
Sakari Kuosmanen
Ilkka Koivula
Janne Hyytiäinen


Acclaimed auteur Aki Kaurismäki is like the Finnish Wes Anderson, and if you’ve never experienced his work,this is the perfect opportunity to introduce yourself to a master. In this winner of Berlinale's prestigious Silver Bear, Kaurismäki turns his quirky eye to Europe’s migrant crisis, following a Syrian refugee searching for hislost sister while hiding out in a restaurant storeroom. The Other Side of Hope deftly toes the line of keeping things light-hearted and comedic without sugarcoating the issues (such as the far-right nationalist threat spreading throughout Europe). Like Kaurismäki’s other films, this one is populated with colorful and sympathetic outcasts—people who lack autonomy over their own lives. But also like his other films, this one never loses track of the uplifting silver lining that unceasingly shines through.