Official US Trailer for Aki Kaurismäki's 'Film 'The Other Side of Hope'

November 14, 2017
Source: YouTube

The Other Side of Hope Trailer

"Kale has a very sad story." Janus Films has launched a brand new US trailer for the upcoming stateside release of Aki Kaurismäki's latest indie gem film, the highly acclaimed The Other Side of Hope. Set in Helsinki, Finland, this film tells the story of two struggling men whose lives intersect in the middle of the city. One story follows a young refugee from Syria who sneaks into Helsinki, the other follows a traveling salesman who buys a small, unprofitable restaurant. The ensemble cast features Sherwan Haji, Sakari Kuosmanen, Janne Hyytiäinen, Ilkka Koivula, Nuppu Koivu, Simon Hussein Al-Bazoon, and Niroz Haji. This has played at festivals all over the world, and is regarded as one of the best international films this year. It's quite a quirky, funky trailer that really captures how unique and intelligent this film is.

Here's the official US trailer (+ poster) for Aki Kaurismäki's The Other Side of Hope, from YouTube:

The Other Side of Hope Poster

You can still watch the first international trailer for The Other Side of Hope here, to see more from this.

The film consists of two stories that by chance intersect. The first one is about Khaled, a young Syrian refugee who has lost virtually all of his family. Almost by accident, he drifts to Helsinki as a stowaway passenger on a collier ship to seek asylum without great hopes for his future life. Wikström, the other protagonist, is a travelling salesman of about fifty. In the beginning of the film he leaves his alcoholic wife and his profession and turns momentarily into a poker shark. With the small amount of money he thus gains he then buys an unprofitable restaurant at the far end of an inner court along a back street in Helsinki. The Other Side of Hope is written and directed by acclaimed Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki, of many films including Crime and Punishment, Shadows in Paradise, Leningrad Cowboys Go America, The Match Factory Girl, La Vie de Bohème, Drifting Clouds, Juha, The Man Without a Past, Lights in the Dusk, and Le Havre previously. This first premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, and also played at the Sydney, Moscow, Karlovy Vary, and Jerusalem Film Festivals. The film has already opened in Europe. Janus Films will release The Other Side of Hope in select US theaters starting on December 1st this fall. Anyone?

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His films might be strange to many, but they are also always good. Raw humanity in them. Will watch ...

shiboleth on Nov 14, 2017


Nice to see a new one from this wonderful filmmaker, Le Havre and Lights In The Dusk are both beautiful and sad films. The only films of his I've seen unfortunately. Another filmmaker who will go through his entire career largely unnoticed outside of Europe. Except of course those films of his that make it to the Criterion Collection. Those films will sit on the shelves of Criterion collectors without ever seeing the inside of a blu-ray player. Ah, the movie industry today. You gotta love it.

Charles Knowlton on Nov 14, 2017


If that's the only two you've seen, I can recommend 'Ariel' and 'La Vie Bohéme'. Two of my favorites of his.

Terry Craig on Nov 16, 2017


Not gonna lie, I see any movie based in a restaurant.

DAVIDPD on Nov 14, 2017


Great poster! Saw the film some time ago and it's enjoyable, but feels a bit of the same ole same ole from Kaurismäki... especially if you've seen Le Havre. Nevertheless, I can recommend it either to fans (with a grain of salt) and novices who haven't seen any of his work before.

Terry Craig on Nov 16, 2017

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