Synopsis

The new film by Aki Kaurismäki tells the story of a Finnish travelling salesman (Sakari Kuosmanen) and a Syrian refugee (Sherwan Haji) crossing paths.

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Director

Aki Kaurismäki

Cast

Sherwan Haji: Khaled Sakari Kuosmanen: Wikström Janne Hyytiäinen: Nyrhinen Ilkka Koivula: Calamnius Nuppu Koivu: Mirja Simon Hussein Al-Bazoon: Mazdak Niroz Haji: Miriam Kaija Pakarinen: Wife


Crew

Aki Kaurismäki: Director / writer / producer Timo Salminen: Director of Photography Samu Heikkilä: Editor Tero Malmberg: Sound Designer Ville Grönroos: Production Design #1 Heikki Häkkinen: Production Design #2 Markku Pätilä: Production Design #3 Tiina Kaukanen: Costumes and Make-up

Details

Original title: Toivon tuolla puolen Production year: 2017

Awards

Winner of Best Director Silver Bear at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival




In cinemas from 26 May

GENRE: Drama

DIRECTOR: Aki Kaurismäki

CAST:
Sherwan Haji: Khaled
Sakari Kuosmanen: Wikström
Janne Hyytiäinen: Nyrhinen
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CREW:
Aki Kaurismäki: Director / writer / producer
Timo Salminen: Director of Photography
Samu Heikkilä: Editor
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DURATION: 98 Mins

COUNTRIES: Finland, Germany

LANGUAGES: English, Arabic, Finnish

AWARDS:
Winner of Best Director Silver Bear at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival

Reviews


  • “Finds the artist at the height of his powers... Winsome, sweet, and often very funny”

    David Ehrlich, Indiewire


  • “Gorgeous, cuttingly poignant”

    Tim Robey, The Telegraph


  • “The film's illuminating insight into the personal stories behind the statistics could not be timelier or more refreshing”

    David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter


  • “Devilishly funny”

    Ryan Gilbey, The Guardian


  • “A gorgeous ode to the power of cinema itself... In fact, the whole thing is a whimsical joy from start to finish”

    David Jenkins, Little White Lies


  • “A poetic and surprisingly light-hearted film, anticipating that humanity will one day prevail over racism and fear”

    C.G., The Economist

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