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The Other Side of Hope


THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE - Wednesday 23rd May 2018
Directed by Aki Kaurismäki
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.



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


Eight incredible short films from the 2017 Noosa International Film Festival are screening on Sunday 24 June at 3:30pm at Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas. Take advantage of a special deal on tickets to NIFF 2018, available exclusively at this screening. After the screening, meet the festival organisers for sunset drinks and nibbles on the Terrace. Your first drink is on us! Tickets are on sale now for only $25 at


Ron West Film Fest - Majestic Theatre, Pomona

Ron West presents a selection of his favourite classic non-silent movies at the Majestic Theatre Pomona 1-3 June. Something for everyone. Tickets $10 per movie or $50 for the season tickets. Special discount - $36 for a season ticket for concession card holders. Visit the Majestic Theatre's website for further details.

Noosa 5

Don't miss The Bookshop and Simon Baker's Breath, based on Tim Winton's award winning novel, now on at Noosa 5. Check the website for all details.

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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

May 23, 28; June 13, 18, 27; July 16, 25; August 8, 22, 27 September 12, 24; October 10, 24, 29; November 14, 19, 28; December 12.