The Other Side of Hope

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Film:

The Other Side of Hope

Showtimes:

Saturday Apr 07 04:00 PM
Sunday Apr 08 01:00 PM

Location:

Doris Duke Theatre

Price:

Museum members: $10.00
General Admission: $12.00


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About the Film:

Part of European Cinema 2018.

Directed by Aki Kaurismäki. Finland | Germany. 2017. 100 min. In Finnish, English, and Arabic with English subtitles.  
This wry, melancholic comedy from Aki Kaurismäki is a clear-eyed response to the current refugee crisis. The film follows two people searching for a place to call home. Displaced Syrian Khaled (Sherwan Haji) lands in Helsinki as a stowaway. Meanwhile, middle-aged salesman Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen) 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. As deadpan as the best of the director’s work, and with a deep well of empathy for its down-but-not-out characters (many of them played by members of Kaurismäki's ever-reliable stock company), The Other Side of Hope is a bittersweet tale of human kindness in the face of official indifference.

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