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The Other Side of Hope
Toivon tuolla puolen
2017 Finland, Germany 98 min N-13
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This film tells two stories that converge after forty minutes. The first of these features Khaled, a Syrian refugee. A stowaway on a coal freighter, he ends up in Helsinki where he applies for asylum without much hope of success. Wikström, the second main character, is a travelling salesman peddling ties and men’s shirts. Turning his back on his trade, he instead decides to put his poker face to good use at a gambling table and subsequently buys himself a restaurant in the remotest corner of Helsinki. When the authorities turn down Khaled’s application, he decides to remain in the country illegally, like so many other people who share his fate. Going underground in the Finnish capital, he lives on the streets and encounters all kinds of racism, but also some cool rock ’n’ rollers and genuine friendship. One day Wikström discovers Khaled sleeping in the dark backyard behind his restaurant. He provides him with a bed and a job.

Filmography
"Crime and Punishment" (1983), "Calamari Union" (1985), "Shadows in Paradise" (1986), "L.A. Woman" (1987, short), "Hamlet Goes Business" (1987), "Ariel" (1988), "Leningrad Cowboys Go America" (1989), "The Match Factory Girl" (1990), "I Hired a Contract Killer" (1990), "The Bohemian Life" (1992), "Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses" (1994), "Drifting Clouds" (1996), "Juha" (1999),"The Man Without a Past" (2002), "Lights in the Dusk" (2006), "Le Havre" (2011), "Historic Center. Tavern Man" (2012, short, "Kino pavasaris"), "Juice Leskinen & Grand Slam: Bluesia Pieksämäen asemalla"(2013, short doc.), "The Other Side of Hope" (2017, "Kino pavasaris").

About Directors

Aki Kaurismäki (b. 1957 in Orimattila, Finland).
8.6
Total votes: 28
Director(s) - Aki Kaurismäki
Screenwriter(s) - Aki Kaurismäki
Actors - Sakari Kuosmanen, Sherwan Haji, Janne Hyytiäinen, Nuppu Koivu, Ilkka Koivula, Simon Hussein Al-Bazoon, Kati Outinen, Tommi Korpela, Kaija Pakarinen
Producer(s) - Aki Kaurismäki
Cinematographer - Timo Salminen
Editor(s) - Samu Heikkilä
Composer(s) -
Sales agent - The Match Factory
Distributor - A-One Films Baltic
Production company -
Dialogues - Finnish, Arabic, English, Swedish
Subtitles - Lithuanian, English
Filmography
"Crime and Punishment" (1983), "Calamari Union" (1985), "Shadows in Paradise" (1986), "L.A. Woman" (1987, short), "Hamlet Goes Business" (1987), "Ariel" (1988), "Leningrad Cowboys Go America" (1989), "The Match Factory Girl" (1990), "I Hired a Contract Killer" (1990), "The Bohemian Life" (1992), "Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses" (1994), "Drifting Clouds" (1996), "Juha" (1999),"The Man Without a Past" (2002), "Lights in the Dusk" (2006), "Le Havre" (2011), "Historic Center. Tavern Man" (2012, short, "Kino pavasaris"), "Juice Leskinen & Grand Slam: Bluesia Pieksämäen asemalla"(2013, short doc.), "The Other Side of Hope" (2017, "Kino pavasaris").

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