The Other Side of Hope is the latest film from Aki Kaurismäki (Lights in the Dusk, The Man Without a Past, I Hired a Contract Killer), for which he won the Silver Bear award for Best Director at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival.
This is the UK premiere screening of this hotly-anticipated film, showing exclusively at Curzon Soho on 35mm. This is also a unique chance to see The Other Side of Hope in a double bill with its companion piece, Kaurismäki’s 2011 Le Havre, also on 35mm.
The Other Side of Hope tells the interlinked stories of Wikström, card-shark travelling salesman (Sakari Kuosmanen) and Khaled, a Syrian refugee (Sherwan Haji). The all-too timely film depicts Khaled’s struggle with authorities in Finland and abuse by white nationalists in his adopted land.
The themes of the film are offset by rockabilly bands, buskers, some ill-advised cuisine and the clean precision of Kaurismäki’s trademark visual comedy.
In Le Havre, an apt mirror to The Other Side of Hope, a self-imposed exile befriends and protects a young boy who has arrived illegally in the eponymous French maritime city.
Saturday 13 May 2.30pm.
Tickets £17.50 / £15.00 for Curzon Members.
With thanks to Curzon Artificial Eye.