Aki Kaurismäki

The Other Side of Hope

The Other Side of Hope

This wry, melancholic comedy from Aki Kaurismäki, a response to the ongoing global refugee crisis, follows two people searching for a place to call home. Khaled (Sherwan Haji), a displaced Syrian, lands in Helsinki as a stowaway; meanwhile, middle-aged Finnish salesman Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen) leaves his wife and his job and buys a conspicuously unprofitable restaurant. Khaled is denied asylum but 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 loyal stock company), The Other Side of Hope is a bittersweet celebration of pockets of human kindness in an unwelcoming world.

Film Info

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • New 2K digital transfer, approved by director Aki Kaurismäki, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with actor Sherwan Haji
  • Footage from the press conference for the film’s premiere at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival, featuring Kaurismäki, Haji, and actor Sakari Kuosmanen
  • Aki and Peter, a new video essay by filmmaker Daniel Raim, based on a 1997 essay by critic Peter von Bagh, to whom The Other Side of Hope is dedicated
  • Music videos
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Girish Shambu

New cover by Manule Fior

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Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • New 2K digital transfer, approved by director Aki Kaurismäki, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with actor Sherwan Haji
  • Footage from the press conference for the film’s premiere at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival, featuring Kaurismäki, Haji, and actor Sakari Kuosmanen
  • Aki and Peter, a new video essay by filmmaker Daniel Raim, based on a 1997 essay by critic Peter von Bagh, to whom The Other Side of Hope is dedicated
  • Music videos
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Girish Shambu

New cover by Manule Fior

The Other Side of Hope
Cast
Sherwan Haji
Khaled
Sakari Kuosmanen
Wikström
Kaija Pakarinen
Wikström’s wife
Niroz Haji
Miriam
Janne Hyytiäinen
Nyrhinen
Ilkka Koivula
Calamnius
Nuppu Koivu
Mirja
Simon Hussein Al-Bazoon
Mazdak
Kati Outinen
Store owner
Credits
Director
Aki Kaurismäki
Written and produced by
Aki Kaurismäki
Director of photography
Timo Salminen
Casting
Eevi Kareinen
Set designers
Ville Grönroos
Set designers
Heikki Häkkinen
Set designers
Markku Pätilä
Art direction
Markku Pätilä
Costumes and makeup
Tiina Kaukanen
Editing
Samu Heikkilä
Coproducers
Misha Jaari
Coproducers
Mark Lwoff
Coproducers
Reinhard Brundig

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In the singular world of Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki, auteurist homage and social consciousness are joined by some of the most lovingly filmed dogs in contemporary cinema.

By Girish Shambu

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