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The Other Side of Hope (2017)

Toivon tuolla puolen (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 3 February 2017 (Finland)
A poker-playing restaurateur and former traveling salesman befriends a group of refugees newly arrived to Finland.

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Huligaani bussipysäkillä
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Vaatekaupan omistaja
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Melartin
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Pokerinpelaaja
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Aluevalvontaviranomainen
Taneli Mäkelä ...
Myyjä
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Storyline

Khaled, syrian refugee stows away on a freighter to Helsinki. Meanwhile, Wikström is a traveling salesman who wins big at a poker table and buys himself a restaurant with the proceeds. When the authorities turn down his application for asylum, Khaled is forced underground and Wikström finds him sleeping in the yard behind his restaurant. He offers him a job and a roof over his head and, for a while, they form a Utopian union with the restaurant's waitress, the chef and his dog. Written by AnonymousB

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Comedy | Drama

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Budget:

€1,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,495, 3 December 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$183,943, 15 February 2018
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Prior the film's release director-producer Aki Kaurismäki and his long-time set decorator Markku Pätilä got into dispute on how the credits are listed in the Finnish titled version as all set related credits (set decorator, property master and set builder) are listed under single title "Lavastus". Kaurismäki's response for that this wording would downgrade Pätilä's role and artistic rights in the set design, Kaurismäki rejected these claims and also said Kaurismäki himself designed the detailed visual look of the film and even provided large part of the props. The response also promised that in the international version with English titles Pätilä would be the only person listed under title "set decorator". On February 1st 2017 Pätilä and his lawyers filed a case to The Market Court in Helsinki to seek injunction on film's release in Finland in its current form and the next day the court ruled that there is no need to ban the film and the issues regarding the rights on the film's set design will be determined later - assuming the parties cannot reach a settlement outside the court prior that. See more »

Quotes

Khaled: Listen. I fell in love with Finland.
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Connections

Referenced in KVIFF Guide: Episode #1.9 (2017) See more »

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Takedan kehtolaulu
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Performed by Toshitake Shinohara
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black-comedy at it's peak
11 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

i kept laughing in the cinema and watched my favourite movie in 2017 so far , the director was brilliant in making an equilibirum between dying of laughing and shedding tears . the decor in the movie was excellent ,all the actors did a good job and Sherwan Haji made an excellent performance ,the colors were just showing the mood of the scene (brilliant decor) ,the movie was so simple in its style yet so complicated in showing the refugees suffering


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