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

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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
Malla Hukkanen ... still photographer
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

Script and Continuity Department

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Malla Hukkanen ... script supervisor

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
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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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 The actors playing Khaled and his sister, Miriam are real-life siblings. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Cate Blanchett's Films of Hope (2020). See more »
Soundtracks Oi mutsi, mutsi See more »
Quotes Khaled: I don't understand humour.
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