Aki Kaurismaki’s new film, The Other Side of Hope, which is currently screening in Berlin, has been sold by The Match Factory to most of the world.
The Other Side of Hope tells two stories that intersect: one about Khaled, a young Syrian refugee who has lost most of his family, and the other Wikström, a former travelling salesman who sees something of himself in the battered Khaled.
The deals in 21 territories are mostly with the most prestigious of arthouse distributors. This makes the film one of the best pre-sold of new arthouse titles screening in Berlin.
The Other Side of Hope has been sold to U.K./Ireland (Curzon), France (Diaphana), Spain (Golem), Italy (Cinema srl.), and Japan (Eurospace). The Match Factory has also licensed other key arthouse territories, such as Benelux (Cinemien/ABC), Sweden (Folkets BIO), Switzerland (Filmcoopi) and Poland (Gutek). Other deals take in Czech/Slovak Republic, Greece, Bulgaria, Norway, Iceland, Hungary, Switzerland, Romania, former Yugoslavia, Portugal, Estonia/Latvia, Lithuania and Israel.