Aki Kaurismäki’s THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE to screen at Toronto

Aki Kaurismäki‘s award-winning film The Other Side of Hope has been selected to screen in the Master’s section of the Toronto International Film Festival.

The Other Side of Hope tells the story of an unlikely friendship between Khaled, a Syrian asylum seeker from Aleppo who’s lost his entire family and Wikstrom, a fifty-something travelling salesman who’s left his alcoholic wife and purchased a restaurant in the back streets of Helsinki with his meagre winnings from poker.

When the authorities decide to return Khaled to the ruins of Aleppo he opts to stay illegally in the country and disappears into the streets of Helsinki where he meets racism, as well as pure kindness.   Wikström finds Khaled sleeping in the inner yard of his restaurant and seeing something of himself in the battered man, hires him as a cleaner and a dishwasher. Together, they help each other through challenges they face in their unfamiliar and often baffling new worlds.

The Other Side of Hope will have its US theatrical release on the 1st of December 2017 and in Canada on the 8th of December 2017.



Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.