Festival de Berlín “Berlinale” 2017: Silver Bear for the Best Director, Aki Kaurismaki.
Khaled arrives to Helsinki by accident after boarding a coal freighter when trying to escape from violent assailants. Lost, alone and in an unknown country a restaurant owner proves to be an unlikely help. (SENSACINE).
“It’s a film that speaks of unpretentious hope, maintaining a defiant faith in human decency – not to mention the faith that cinema itself has the ability to translate that decency, with humor and clarity, to the screen. (Rory O’Connor: The Film Stage).
“If Kaurismaki’s films are all, in their own way, like hanging pictures crooked on a wall, with ‘The Other Side of Hope’ we do not have to bow our heads any more: the whole house has moved around us.” (Jessica Kiang: The Playlist).