The Other Side of Hope

Finaland, 2017
Director: Aki Kaurismaki

Showing: 27 February 2019

A comedy-drama that won director Aki Kaurismaki a Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin film festival. Assisted by a foot-tapping soundtrack, it tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a Syrian asylum seeker and an elderly Finnish restaurant owner. The veteran Finnish director strikes a skilful balance between deadpan wit and a strong critique of the heartless bureaucracy that greets vulnerable asylum seekers in modern-day Europe.

(100 mins, 12A, Finnish with sub-titles)