The Other Side of Hope / International Cinema Series
Aki Kaurismäki | 2017 | 1 hr 40 min | subtitles
This wry, melancholic comedy from Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki follows two people searching for a place to call home. A displaced Syrian refugee lands in Helsinki; meanwhile, a middle-aged salesman 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. THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE is a bittersweet tale of human kindness in the face of official indifference.