Aki Kaurismäki (Le Havre, Drifting Clouds, The Man Without A Past) brings us a warmly humanist, wry comedy in his latest offering, The Other Side of Hope.
The film follows two intersecting stories: in one Khaled (Sherwan Haji), a young Syrian refugee who has lost virtually all of his family, drifts to Helsinki as a stowaway passenger. In the second, Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen), a travelling salesman, leaves his alcoholic wife and his profession to buy an unprofitable restaurant in a back street in Helsinki. Their paths cross when Wikström finds Khaled sleeping in the inner yard of his restaurant and hires him as a cleaner and dishwasher.
The film handily picked up the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival, which is no mean feat, so be sure to make time for it when it hits Australian cinemas on March 29, 2018.