Austin Film Society presents The Other Side of Hope

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The Other Side of Hope
Photo courtesy of Janus Films

This wry, melancholic comedy from Aki Kaurismäki, a clear-eyed response to the current refugee crisis, follows two people searching for a place to call home. Displaced Syrian Khaled (Sherwan Haji) lands in Helsinki as a stowaway; meanwhile, middle-aged salesman Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen) leaves behind his wife and job and buys a conspicuously unprofitable seafood restaurant. After Khaled is denied asylum, he 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 Kaurismäki’s ever-reliable stock company), The Other Side of Hope is a bittersweet tale of human kindness in the face of official indifference.

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Where

AFS Cinema
6406 N. I-35 Frontage Rd. Suite 3100
Austin, TX 78752

Ticket Info

$9.25-$11.25