THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE (Toivon tuolla puolen)
Paths of Finnish travelling salesman and Syrian refugee cross in Berlin Silver Bear winner Aki Kaurismäki's timely comedy-drama.
Syrian refugee Khaled stows away on a freighter to Helsinki. Meanwhile, Wikström is a traveling salesman who wins big at a poker table and buys himself a restaurant with the proceeds. When the authorities turn down his application for asylum, Khaled is forced underground and Wikström finds him sleeping in the yard behind his restaurant. He offers him a job and a roof over his head and, for a while, they form a Utopian union with the restaurant's waitress, the chef and his dog.
Won the Silver Berlin Bear at the 2017 Berlinale.
Language: Finnish/Arabic/Swedish/Japanese with English subtitles.
“Aki Kaurismaki delves into the subject matter of the Syrian refugee crisis…in this extremely funny new comedy drama.”
– Paul Heath, The Hollywood News