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The Other Side of Hope

Comedy

THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE - Wednesday 23rd May 2018
Directed by Aki Kaurismäki
Finland
Comedy/ Drama
100 mins Subtitled M

Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival, the hilarious and poignant new comedy from director Aki Kaurismäki is a richly enjoyable and compassionate crowd pleaser about the friendship between a newcomer to Helsinki and a budding – if completely inexperienced – restaurateur.

After arriving in Finland from Syria as a stowaway on a freighter, Khaled (superb newcomer Sherwan Haji) applies for asylum. Things don’t look encouraging, and not all locals present a welcoming face. But after crossing paths with stoic travelling shirt salesman-turned-entrepreneur Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen), he finds an unlikely source of kindness and connection. When Khaled eventually receives news of his missing sister, Wikström hatches a scheme to help reunite the pair, but it seems getting out of Finland is much, much trickier than getting in…

Kaurismäki’s thoughtful and unmistakably droll films often depict difficult situations and people working in solidarity to overcome them, but with The Other Side of Hope he reaches new levels of resonance. Indeed, this intelligent, funny and affecting film has been hailed one of his best, and a masterful swansong from one of cinema’s finest auteurs.

 

Reviews

Admirers of the director's work will embrace his famously deadpan style, minimalist sense of humour, static camera and grimy production design...a (relatively) minor Kaurismaki film is still head and shoulders over much of today's cinema.” - David Stratton, The Australian.

“Most of the characters face a daily question: to be kind or unkind. Kaurismaki builds a heroic narrative around that idea.” – Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald

“Effortlessly funny. A typically deadpan and brilliantly observed comic study” – Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent


 

Upcoming Events & Info

NOOSA 5 Screenings

Screening now is First Man starring Ryan Gosling, In Like Flynn and Ladies in Black. For times and updates visit Noosa 5's website.
 

NIFF - TICKETS NOW ON SALE!

Noosa International Film Festival's program has been released.  This 4 day festival from 25 to 28 October has a great program of feature and short films, workshops, discussions and special events. Don't miss out as limited tickets are available for feature films TERROR NULLIUS (sold out at BIFF) and JILL BILCOCK: DANCING THE INVISIBLE. See some amazing short films all day at the J. And join NIFF out at the Eumundi School of Arts on Sunday for an environmental feast. Visit NIFF'S website here for full details.


 

SCREENING TIMES

Wednesday screening times are 10:00am; 2:30pm; 5:00pm and 7:15pm.  Monday screening time is 6:30pm only.  Please give yourself plenty of time to park and buy your choc tops!

Diarise these Dates for 2018

October 10, 24, 29; November 14, 19, 28; December 12.