The Other Side of Hope [15], Sun, 17, Dec. 2017

A poke-playing restauranteur and former travelling salesman befriends a group of refugees newly arrived to Finland.  Sunday 17th December, 2017.  Film begins showing at 6.00pm prompt.

Finland’s master of deadpan comedy, Aki Kaurismäki (Lights in the Dusk, Le Havre), returns with The Other Side of Hope, the story of an unlikely friendship between a Syrian asylum seeker and an elderly Finnish restaurant owner. Worthy winner of the 2017 Berlin Silver Bear for Best Director, it’s a beautiful, timely film from one of the world’s leading auteurs. Curzon Artifical Eye

Maverick as ever but fully engaged with the modern world, Kaurismäki dials back his trademark absurdism with a wry allegory of human struggle, empathy and connection. Phil de Semiyen, Empire

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