New Trailer for Aki Kaurismaki’s ‘The Other Side of Hope’

Aki Kaurismaki's Deadpan Comedy

Janus Films has provided us with the official domestic trailer for Aki Kaurismaki’s latest, The Other Side of Hope, the Silver Bear-winning deadpan comedy about the unlikely friendship between a Syrian refugee and a low-rent Helsinki restaurateur.

Sherwan Haji, Sakari Kuosmanen, Janne Hyytiäinen, Ilkka Koivula, Nuppu Koivu, Simon Hussein Al-Bazoon, Niroz Haji, and Kaija Pakarinen star. The film opens in New York and Los Angeles on December 1st.

Check out the new trailer below.

Aki Kaurismaki's Deadpan Comedy

THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE tells the story of an unlikely friendship between Khaled (Sherwan Haji), a Syrian asylum seeker from Aleppo, and Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen), a fifty-something traveling salesman who’s left his alcoholic wife and purchased a restaurant in the back streets of Helsinki with his meager winnings from poker. When the authorities decide to return Khaled to the ruins of Aleppo he opts to stay illegally in the country and disappears into the streets of Helsinki, where he meets racism as well as pure kindness. Wikström finds Khaled sleeping in the inner yard of his restaurant and seeing something of himself in the battered man, hires him as a cleaner and a dishwasher. Together, they help each other through the challenges they face in their unfamiliar and often baffling new worlds.

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