Past Film/Video

The Other Side of Hope

(Toivon tuolla puolen, Aki Kaurismäki, 2017)

35mm Print

Postscreening discussion with Vera Brunner-Sung and Johanna Sellman on Friday

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“A wry social-realist fable about the European refugee crisis, a funny and affecting appeal for decency in the face of suffering.”—A. O. Scott, New York Times

Since the 1980s, the deadpan, humanist comedies of Aki Kaurismäki have been consistently enjoyable and poignant, and occasionally, international hits (as with his 2011 picture Le Havre). His latest project, The Other Side of Hope, offers a clear-eyed response to the current refugee crisis by following the friendship of a displaced Syrian in Helsinki and a middle-aged Finnish salesman who decides to start over by purchasing a conspicuously unprofitable seafood restaurant. Filled with empathy for its characters, the film is a bittersweet tale of human kindness in the face of official indifference. (98 mins., 35mm)

Stay after the Friday night screening for a discussion with Ohio State’s Vera Brunner-Sung (Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre) and Johanna Sellman (Assistant Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures).

Presented in partnership with The Global Mobility Project at Ohio State, a Humanities & Arts Discovery Theme pilot project. For more information visit u.osu.edu/globalmobility.

man laying in bed smoking a cigarette

The Other Side of Hope, image courtesy of Janus Films.

the staff of a restaurant standing in line listening to the managar

The Other Side of Hope, image courtesy of Janus Films.

an intimidated man surround by gang members

The Other Side of Hope, image courtesy of Janus Films.

SEASON SUPPORT FOR FILM/VIDEO
Rohauer Collection Foundation

SUPPORT FOR THE FILM/VIDEO STUDIO PROGRAM
Institute of Museum and Library Services
National Endowment for the Arts

GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT FOR THE WEXNER CENTER
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council
The Columbus Foundation
Nationwide Foundation

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The Other Side of Hope