MUN Cinema Series: The Other Side of Hope
Thursday, Dec. 7, 7-8:40 p.m.
Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre, Avalon Mall
The Other Side of Hope (Finland, Germany 2017) 100 min. Directed by Aki Kaurismäki With Ville Virtanen, Dome Karukoski, Kati Outinen, Tommi Korpela et al. Finnish, English and Arabic with English subtitles We are really proud to be ending the fall MUN Cinema season with this hugely admired film from acclaimed Finnish genius filmmaker Kaurismäki. His award-winning masterpieces are known internationally for their wit and humanity. Here he continues his exploration of the vexed global village by focusing on a familiar reality: the way immigrants are compelled to adapt to a new society—and how that society itself adapts to its strangers. Set in and around the seaside port of Helsinki (one of the world’s coolest cities in every sense of the word), the film tracks two lives through the trials and temptations of cultural dissonance. Wikhström is in transformation, leaving his wife and seizing a new career path; Khaled, a Syrian refugee, finds his own path crossing quite accidentally with Wikhström’s. What follows is a smart, warm fable for our time. Please don’t miss the opportunity to see this work of sheer brilliance. It will make you feel much better about the world, a sheer gift right before the holidays.
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