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The Other Side of Hope ()

Toivon tuolla puolen (original title)
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A poker-playing restaurateur and former traveling salesman befriends a group of refugees newly arrived to Finland.

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Oikeussalin viranomainen
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Vaatekaupan omistaja
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Huligaani bussipysäkillä
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Huligaani bussipysäkillä
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Vastaanottokeskuksen virkailija
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Melartin
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Waldemar Wikström
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Khaled
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Calamnius
Matti Onnismaa ...
Kylmäsilmäinen mies
Taneli Mäkelä ...
Myyjä
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Miriam
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Pokerinpelaaja
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Nyrhinen
Hannu-Pekka Björkman ...
Pokerinpelaaja
Sulevi Peltola ...
Pokerisalin pitäjä
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Winston
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Poliisi asemalla
Juhani Niemelä ...
Pokerinpelaaja
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Poliisi kaupan edessä
Mirja Oksanen ...
Oikeussalin viranomainen
Simon Al-Bazoon ...
Mazdak (as Simon Hussein Al-Bazoon)
Elina Knihtilä ...
Aluevalvontaviranomainen
Clas-Ove Bruun ...
Baarimikko
Antti Virmavirta ...
Poliisi asemalla
Milka Ahlroth ...
Migrin haastattelija
Hannu Lauri ...
Pokerinpelaaja
Puntti Valtonen ...
Välittäjä
Panu Vauhkonen ...
Liberation Army Finland
Kaija Pakarinen ...
Wikströmin vaimo
Hannu Kivioja ...
Poliisi
Jukka Virtanen ...
Pkerinpelaaja
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Katusoittaja
Antti Määttänen ...
Palopäällikkö
Tom Liljemark ...
Rantojen miehet
Vesa Häkli ...
Huligaani bussipysäkillä
Marko Haavisto ...
Tanssiorkesteri
Juuso Hirvikangas ...
Rantojen miehet
Minna Maskulin ...
Pokerisalin tarjoilija
Jouni Saario ...
Tanssiorkesteri
Pauli Patinen ...
Liberation Army Finland
Pirita Pesu ...
Poliisi kaupan edessä
Samuel Jaari ...
Winstonin apulainen
Nuppu Koivu ...
Mirja Kolehmainen
Varpu ...
Koira-Koistinen
Atte Blom ...
Pokerinpelaaja
Jonas Nourisson ...
Tullimies
Olli Varja ...
Juoppo
Jaakko Rossi ...
Tanssiorkesteri
Esa Pulliainen ...
Bändi
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Tanssiorkesteri
Reima Mäenpää ...
Rantojen miehet
Sami Silventoinen ...
Poliisi vastaanottokeskuksessa
Mitja Tuurala ...
Bändi
Axel Laurén ...
Liberation Army Finland
Harri Marstio ...
Muusikko baarissa
Heikki Heimo ...
Pokerisalin kassa
Katja Tolonen ...
Vastaanottokeskuksen virkailija
Esa Kukkola ...
Rantojen miehet
Antero Jakoila ...
Muusikko baarissa
Erkki Lahti ...
Casinon ovimies
Mikael Hankkila ...
Vartija vastaanottokeskuksessa
Ilmi ...
Vastaanottokeskuksen vahtikoira
Heikki Häkkinen ...
Tullimies
Imad Alkhatib ...
Saz-soittimen lainaaja
Mohamed Awad ...
Issa
Kari Vento ...
Oikeussalin viranomainen
Pia Riihioja ...
Vaatekaupan myyjä
Hamid Al-Bazoon ...
Tulkki oikeussalissa
Ismo Haavisto ...
Kitaristi baarin ovella
Jari Tuomola ...
Poliisi vastaanottokeskuksessa
Pekka Wiik ...
Paitavaraston ostaja
Seppo Väisänen ...
Migrin vahtimestari
Abdi Jama ...
Aseman kassa (as Abdi alias 'Lii' Jama)
Kai Kilpinen ...
Pokerinpelaaja
Markku Hillilä ...
Bändi
Mikko Mykkänen ...
Pokerisalin ovimies
Tom Wahlroos ...
Rantojen miehet (as Tomi Wahlroos)
Karar Al-Bazoon ...
Migrin tulkki
Heikki Metsämäki ...
Liikemies lounaalla
Miloud Mourad Benamara ...
(uncredited) (voice)
Kati Kinnunen ...
(uncredited)
Ari Murto ...
(uncredited)

Directed by

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Aki Kaurismäki

Written by

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Aki Kaurismäki ... ()

Produced by

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Reinhard Brundig ... associate producer
Misha Jaari ... co-producer
Aki Kaurismäki ... producer
Mark Lwoff ... co-producer

Cinematography by

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Timo Salminen ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Samu Heikkilä

Editorial Department

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Dirk Dejonghe ... colorist (as Dirk De Jonghe)
Steve Farman ... negative cutter

Casting By

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Eevi Kareinen

Art Direction by

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Markku Pätilä

Set Decoration by

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Ville Grönroos
Heikki Häkkinen

Costume Design by

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Tiina Kaukanen

Makeup Department

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Tiina Kaukanen ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Misha Jaari ... production manager
Mark Lwoff ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Eevi Kareinen ... assistant director

Art Department

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Mika Koikkalainen ... painter
Teemu Koivistoinen ... carpenter
Jussi Laitinen ... assistant property master
Mika Ojala ... carpenter
Thomas Poole ... carpenter
Karita Raikamo ... painter
Jukka Rautiainen ... carpenter
Miika Sivonen ... art director trainee
Mari Suominen ... painter

Sound Department

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Iisakki Hormia ... sound assistant
Konsta Hormia ... sound assistant
Tero Malmberg ... sound editor / sound
Olli Pärnänen ... re-recording mixer / sound editor / sound mixer

Camera and Electrical Department

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Veera Aaltonen ... still photographer
Mika Ailasmäki ... first assistant camera
Marja-Leena Hukkanen ... still photographer (as Malla Hukkanen)
Janne Jääskeläinen ... lighting technician
Joonas Niemi ... lighting technician
Kalle Penttilä ... lighting technician
Anne Vahlsten ... second assistant camera
Olli Varja ... gaffer
Ville Väänänen ... lighting technician
Tomi Sepänmaa ... extra lighting technician (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Marita Kuusiniemi ... sewer
Liisa Pesonen ... costume assistant

Location Management

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Jonas Nourisson ... location manager

Music Department

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Petri Majuri ... music recordist
Tero Malmberg ... music recordist
Jyri Riikonen ... music recordist

Transportation Department

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Jouni Kortesato ... transportation captain

Other crew

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Mahmoud Al-Bazoon ... interpreter
Hannes Bruneel ... telecine
Kirsi Hatara ... production secretary
Marja-Leena Hukkanen ... script supervisor (as Malla Hukkanen)
Heikki Keskinen ... production accountant
Nuppu Koivu ... caterer
Eeva Oinonen ... animal director: Ilmi
Paula Oinonen ... animal director: Varpu
Susanna Okker ... production assistant
Milla Sevón ... production coordinator
Antti Tapola ... graphics
Rosa Tapola ... caterer
Haije Tulokas ... production secretary
Sasha Wolf ... caterer
Dirk Dejonghe ... laboratory chief (uncredited)

Thanks

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Heikki Färm ... thanks
Jon Grönvall ... thanks
Tutsa Huuhka ... thanks
Pia Mikkonen ... thanks
Joonas Niemi ... thanks
Karri Niinivaara ... thanks
Pia Pesonen ... thanks
Antti Reini ... thanks
Jouko Rekola ... thanks
Mari Vaalasranta ... thanks
Peter von Bagh ... in memory of

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Special Effects

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Ljus i natten (Finland, Swedish title)
  • Pakolainen (Finland)
  • Die andere Seite der Hoffnung (Germany)
  • The Other Side of Hope (United States)
  • The Other Side of Hope (World-wide, English title)
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Runtime
  • 100 min
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Budget EUR1,600,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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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 »
Movie Connections Referenced in Episode #1.9 (2017). See more »
Soundtracks Oi mutsi, mutsi See more »
Quotes Khaled: Listen. I fell in love with Finland.
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