Other Side of Hope, The: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (2017) / Region A
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Other Side of Hope, The: The Criterion Collection

This wry, melancholic comedy from Aki Kaurismki, a response to the ongoing global refugee crisis, follows two people searching for a place to call home. Khaled (Sherwan Haji), a displaced Syrian, lands in Helsinki as a stowaway; meanwhile, middle-aged Finnish salesman Wikstrm (Sakari Kuosmanen) leaves his wife and his job and buys a conspicuously unprofitable restaurant. Khaled is denied asylum but 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 Kaurismki's loyal stock company), THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE is a bittersweet celebration of pockets of human kindness in an unwelcoming world.

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  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Apr 16 2018
  • Production Year 2017
  • Empire SKU 1973973
  • UPC Code 715515214612
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging HD
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English

Features

New interview with actor Sherwan Haji
Footage from the 2017 Berlin Film Festival press conference for the film, featuring Kaurismäki and the film’s actors
Aki and Peter, a new video essay by Daniel Raim about the friendship between Kaurismäki and film critic Peter von Bagh, to whom the film is dedicated
Music videos
Trailer
PLUS: An essay by critic Girish Shambu


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