The Other Side of Hope

Dir: Aki Kaurismäki



100 mins


Six years after the sublime, award-winning Le Havre, Finnish master Aki Kaurismäki returns with comedy-drama The Other Side of Hope – the second in his planned trilogy focusing on port cities – and this time informed by the ongoing migrant crisis in Europe.

Kaurismäki regular Sakari Kuosmanen stars as Wikstrom, a poker-playing restaurateur and former travelling salesman who crosses paths with a Syrian refugee (Sherwan Haji), part of a group newly arrived in Finland.

Shot on 35mm in Helsinki by Kaurismäki’s long-time collaborator Timo Salminen, The Other Side of Hope promises topicality and emotive heft via its study of that most pressing of global issues: the plight of the refugee. Selected to screen in Competition at the Berlinale in February, it looks sure to generate both glowing reviews and significant ancillary press.

Booking Information


Curzon Film

020 7240 5353


Release Date

26 May 2017

Available Formats


Blu-ray / DVD Bookings


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