Toivon tuolla puolen (The Other Side of Hope)
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Festival in Media
Section: Forum of European Cinema
Country: Finland /Germany
Year: 2017


Toivon tuolla puolen (The Other Side of Hope)

Colour/98 წუთი

Director: Aki Kaurismäki. Screenplay: Aki Kaurismäki. Cinematographer: Timo Salminen. Editing: Samu Heikkilä. Cast: Sherwan Haji, Sakari Kuosmanen, Janne Hyytiäinen, Ilkka Koivula, Nuppu Koivu, Simon Hussein Al-Bazoon, Niroz Haji, Kaija Pakarinen.

Khaled arrives at the port of Helsinki concealed in a coal container, fleeing war-torn Syria to seek asylum in Finland. Dazed and frustrated by the monolithic administration he encounters at the detention centre, he makes a break for it and heads out onto the streets. There he meets Wikström, a former shirt salesman who has recently left his alcoholic wife for a new life as a bachelor restaurateur. Together, they help each other to navigate the adversities they face in these unfamiliar and often baffling new worlds.

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Aki Kaurismäki

Born 1957 in Orimattila, Finland. Aki and his brother, Mika, are prolific filmmakers, and together have been responsible for one-fifth of the total output of the Finnish film industry since the early 1980s, though Aki's work has found more favour abroad. His films are very short, eccentric parodies of various genres (road movies, film noir, rock musicals), populated by lugubrious hard-drinking Finns and set to eclectic soundtracks, typically based around '50s rock'n'roll. In the 1990s he has made films in Britain and France.







1981 The Saimaa Gesture (Documentary)
1983 Crime and Punishment
1985 Calamari Union
1986 Rocky VI (Short)
1986 Shadows in Paradise
1987 Hamlet Goes Business
1987 Leningrad Cowboys: L.A. Woman (Video short)
1987 Leningrad Cowboys: Thru the Wire (Video short)
1987 Melrose: Rich Little Bitch (Video short)
1988 Ariel
1989 Leningrad Cowboys Go America
1989 Likaiset kädet (TV Movie)
1990 I Hired a Contract Killer
1990 The Match Factory Girl
1992 La Vie de Bohème
1992 Leningrad Cowboys: Those Were the Days (Short)
1993 Leningrad Cowboys: These Boots (Short)
1994 Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses
1994 Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatiana
1994 Total Balalaika Show (Documentary)
1996 Always Be a Human (Short)
1996 Drifting Clouds
1996 Employment Agent (Short)
1999 Juha
2002 Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet (segment "Dogs Have No Hell")
2002 The Man Without a Past
2004 Visions of Europe (segment "Bico")
2006 Lights in the Dusk
2007 To Each His Own Cinema (segment "La Fonderie")
2007 Valimo (Short)
2011 Le Havre
2012 Centro Histórico (segment "Tavern Man")
2013 Juice Leskinen & Grand Slam: Bluesia Pieksämäen asemalla (Documentary short)
2017 The Other Side of Hope