The Other Side of Hope

This wry, melancholic comedy from Aki Kaurismäki, a clear-eyed response to the current refugee crisis, follows two people searching for a place to call home. Displaced Syrian Khaled (Sherwan Haji) lands in Helsinki as a stowaway; meanwhile, middle-aged salesman Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen) leaves behind his wife and job and buys a conspicuously unprofitable seafood restaurant. After Khaled is denied asylum, he decides not to return to Aleppo—and the paths of the two men cross fortuitously. As deadpan as the best of the director’s work, and with a deep well of empathy for its down-but-not-out characters (many of them played by members of Kaurismäki's ever-reliable stock company), The Other Side of Hope is a bittersweet tale of human kindness in the face of official indifference.

"Honest and artful, Aki Kaurismaki's "The Other Side of Hope," about a Syrian immigrant in Helsinki, is a touching and clearsighted declaration of faith in people and in movies."—A.O. Scott, The New York Times

Directed by Aki Kaurismäki
98 minutes

Show Times

  • Friday, February 9, 2018 - 2:00pm
  • Friday, February 9, 2018 - 6:30pm
  • Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 2:00pm
  • Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 2:00pm
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$8 general admission
$6 for members and students w/ valid i.d.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Admissions Desk, online, or by calling 207-775-6148.

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