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The Other Side of Hope (2017)

Toivon tuolla puolen (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 3 February 2017 (Finland)
A poker-playing restaurateur and former traveling salesman befriends a group of refugees newly arrived to Finland.

Director:

Aki Kaurismäki

Writer:

Aki Kaurismäki

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Cast

Credited cast:
Kati Outinen ... Vaatekaupan omistaja
Ville Virtanen ... Oikeussalin viranomainen
Tommi Korpela ... Melartin
Dome Karukoski ... Huligaani bussipysäkillä
Tommi Eronen ... Huligaani bussipysäkillä
Sulevi Peltola Sulevi Peltola ... Pokerisalin pitäjä
Sakari Kuosmanen ... Waldemar Wikström
Hannu-Pekka Björkman Hannu-Pekka Björkman ... Pokerinpelaaja
Milka Ahlroth ... Migrin haastattelija
Sherwan Haji ... Khaled
Matti Onnismaa Matti Onnismaa ... Kylmäsilmäinen mies
Elias Westerberg ... Winston
Jörn Donner ... Pokerinpelaaja
Taneli Mäkelä Taneli Mäkelä ... Myyjä
Ilkka Koivula ... Calamnius
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Storyline

Khaled, syrian refugee 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. Written by AnonymousB

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Finland | Germany

Language:

Finnish | English | Arabic | Swedish | Japanese

Release Date:

3 February 2017 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Other Side of Hope See more »

Filming Locations:

Helsinki, Finland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€1,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,495, 3 December 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$183,943, 15 February 2018
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Prior the film's release director-producer Aki Kaurismäki and his long-time set decorator Markku Pätilä got into dispute on how the credits are listed in the Finnish titled version as all set related credits (set decorator, property master and set builder) are listed under single title "Lavastus". Kaurismäki's response for that this wording would downgrade Pätilä's role and artistic rights in the set design, Kaurismäki rejected these claims and also said Kaurismäki himself designed the detailed visual look of the film and even provided large part of the props. The response also promised that in the international version with English titles Pätilä would be the only person listed under title "set decorator". On February 1st 2017 Pätilä and his lawyers filed a case to The Market Court in Helsinki to seek injunction on film's release in Finland in its current form and the next day the court ruled that there is no need to ban the film and the issues regarding the rights on the film's set design will be determined later - assuming the parties cannot reach a settlement outside the court prior that. See more »

Quotes

Khaled: I don't understand humour.
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Connections

Referenced in KVIFF Guide: Episode #1.9 (2017) See more »

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A Night Without Moon
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Classic Kaurismäki - Dry humour, existential, hugely warming
29 May 2017 | by kriscgisSee all my reviews

Syrian refuge Khaled arrives by sheer chance in Finland from war- torn Aleppo. We follow him as his application for asylum is processed. He is befriended by an Iraqi refuge at the refuge centre, and his journey in Finland begins here.

The officials are coldly efficient - with flashes of humanity - in a kafkaesque depiction of meaningless application of migration laws.

At the same time, Finnish businessman, Waldemar Wikström, buys a business and the two - very different - worlds of the main characters collide.

The humour is dry, the Finnish 'tango' (ballad-singing) music is wonderful, I absolutely loved it. It is worth seeing the film for this alone.

It is a super 'feel good' film, without the viewer quite being able to put a finger on why this is so.

It is the sheer humanity of it.


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