Aki Kaurismäki’s new film titled The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen), which tells the story of a Finnish travelling salesman and a Syrian refugee crossing paths, is the second instalment in Kaurismäki’s trilogy focusing on port cities, initiated with Le Havre. It premiered in Finland on the 3rd of February and is in the competition for the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. Reason enough to revisit Kaurismäki’s older films in a brief retrospective.

From the man who famously stated, “When all hope . . .

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