Other Side of Hope, The

M 98 mins

About the Event

MOVIE CLUB DISCOUNT: 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.

About the Film

Director: Aki Kaurismaki
Actors: Sherwan Haji, Sakari Kuosmanen, Janne Hyytiainen, Ilkka Koivula
Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 2017 Berlinale, where it topped the prestigious Screen International critics’ poll as best film of the festival, the hilarious and poignant new comedy from beloved director Aki Kaurismäki (Le Havre, Drifting Clouds, The Man Without A Past) is a richly enjoyable and compassionate crowdpleaser 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.


WINNER: Fipresci Grand Prix - Best Film Of 2017

WINNER: 2017 Berlin Film Festival - Best Director

Official Selection 2017 Toronto, Telluride, Sydney & New York Film Festivals



“Effortlessly funny. A deadpan, brilliantly observed comic study.”

Geoffrey Macnab, THE INDEPENDENT


“Gorgeous and cuttingly poignant. You wonder how on earth Kaurismäki can bring a smile back to our faces, let alone the torrents of laughter, later on, that his film manages to unleash. You could never have heard of Aki Kaurismäki and come away from this film knowing exactly what the fuss has always been about. He has a precious knack for jokes that work beautifully in any language.”



“Screamingly funny. Gorgeous, marbled with melancholy and warmed through with an irresistible sense of compassion, this is the work of a master filmmaker at the very top of his game. Simply sublime.”

Allan Hunter, THE LIST

“A whimsical joy from start to finish. Pure, unadulterated cinematic pleasure.”


“Humane and gravely funny. At once honest and artful, a touching and clear-sighted declaration of faith in people and in movies.”


Dates & Tickets

When: Friday 23 March, Saturday 24 March and Sunday 25 March

Where: Eastend 3pm each day

Movie Club Discount: General $10, Gold $8 

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