Harpur Cinema presents ‘The Other Side of Hope’
November 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm$4.00
Harpur Cinema presents ‘The Other Side of Hope’ (Aki Kaurismaki – Finland – 2017)
In this “gravely funny comedy” (The New York Times), Khaled, fleeing civil war in Syria, has wound up in Helsinki where he lives with other refugees, and meets a grumpy salesman who, after an apparent midlife crisis, gets into the restaurant business. Faced with hardship, racist violence, as well as official heartlessness, the two men are going to develop a friendship that Kaurismaki soberly paints with his lightness of touch, desperate irony, and even tenderness. “At the top of his art,” the Finnish director “reconnects with his deadpan -desperate- humor which makes him Charlie Chaplin’s worthy heir.” In Kaurismaki’s cinema, people “have nothing but they do have goodness, generosity, the will to resist, and hospitality” (Le Monde).
Won: Berlin Film Festival, Silver Bear – Jerusalem Film Festival, Spirit for Freedom Award – Munich Film Festival, Best Director Award for Peace – San Sebastián Film Festival, FIPRESCI Film of the Year