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The Other Side of Hope

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  • Fri 26 May to Thu 1 Jun
  • 98 minutes
  • Director: Aki Kaurismäki
  • Cast: Ville Virtanen, Kati Outinen, Tommi Korpela
  • UK (2017)
  • This film is subtitled
  • Audio description headphones are supported for use during performances of this film


Aki Kaurismäki returns with superlative comedy-drama The Other Side of Hope.

A poker-playing restaurateur who, fleeing his home, crosses paths with and befriends Khaled, a Syrian refugee newly arrived in Finland as a stowaway and seeking asylum.

Beautifully shot on 35mm in Helsinki by Kaurismäki's long-time collaborator Timo Salminen, and full of the director's delightfully lugubrious comedy, The Other Side of Hope promises topicality and emotive heft via its humane and compassionate study of that most pressing of global issues: the plight of the refugee.