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The Other Side of Hope (2017)

Nanovic Film Series



Thursday, September 13, 2018 7:00PM
Browning Cinema


Directed by Aki Kaurismäki
With Ville Virtanen, Kati Outinen, Tommi Eronen
Not Rated, 100 minutes, DCP
In Finnish and Arabic with English subtitles

This wry, melancholic comedy from Finnish auteur Aki Kaurismäki, a clear-eyed response to the current refugee crisis, follows two people searching for a place to call home. Displaced Syrian Khaled (Sherwan Haji) lands in Helsinki as a stowaway; meanwhile, middle-aged salesman Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen) leaves behind his wife and job and buys a conspicuously unprofitable seafood restaurant. After Khaled is denied asylum, he decides not to return to Aleppo—and the paths of the two men cross fortuitously. As deadpan as the best of the director’s work, and with a deep well of empathy for its down-but-not-out characters (many of them played by members of Kaurismäki's ever-reliable stock company), The Other Side of Hope is a bittersweet tale of human kindness in the face of official indifference.




Free for ND students, faculty, and staff.

Sponsored by the Nanovic Institute for European Study.


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