The Other Side of Hope is Aki Kaurismäki’s follow up to Le Havre and screens at the Vernon Towne Cinema Dec. 11. (Sputnik image)

Finnish director shows Scandinavian grit

The Vernon Film Society Screen’s Aki Kaurismäki’s The Other Side of Hope Dec. 11

Contributed

The last movie of the fall season for the Vernon Film society is on Monday, Dec. 11 at the Vernon Towne Cinema.

The movie — The Other Side of Hope — is Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki’s follow up to the highly acclaimed Le Havre, which Vernon audiences enjoyed some time ago.

This timely film follows the story of a Syrian asylum seeker Khaled (Sherwan Haji) from Aleppo who has lost his entire family and Wikstrom (Sakari Kuosmanen) a fifty-something travelling salesman who has left his alcoholic wife and a purchased a restaurant in the back streets of Helsinki with meagre winnings from playing poker. The two parallel stories eventually come together, making an interesting drama interleaved with humour.

Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Director at this year’s Berlinale, The Other Side of Hope demonstrates the height of Kaurismäki’s auteurial form. Deftly mixing tragedy and wry humour, Kaurismäki builds a story of an unlikely community coming together under difficult circumstances. This idiosyncratic fable on the refugee crisis could not be more humane and timely.

“This is a world that reeks of cigarette smoke and cheap vodka, yet as always in the work of Finland’s maestro of droll melancholy, the perfume that lingers longest is empathy,” said David Rooney of the Hollywood Reporter.

The Other Side of Hope shows at the Vernon Towne Cinema Dec. 11 at 5:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. All seats $7, cash only. Tickets available one week ahead at theatre and The Bean Scene Coffee House. Rated PG, subtitles.

Just Posted

Water availability concerns stall Vernon subdivison application

Feasibility study to be conducted to see if BX-area properties can utilize community water system

Vernon Rec Centre pool set for shutdown

Annual three-week maintenance closure runs Aug. 26 to Sept. 16

Jaws of Life used to rescue driver in Lumby crash

Single-vehicle MVI causes traffic delays on Highway 6

Vernon mom rescues sleeping baby from burning home

Neighbouring homes threatened by blaze, which is producing heavy black smoke

Vernon man facing drug trafficking charges in Kelowna

The man was found with suspected cocaine, heroin and fentanyl and thousands of dollars in cash

Grass fire breaks out on highway south of Vernon

Highway 97 traffic slowed as firefighters snuff grass fire

Wildfire sparks beside Highway 3 west of Keremeos

A wildfire on the side of Highway 3 just west of Keremeos… Continue reading

Summerland relaunches net metering program

Event open house will be held Aug. 27 from 3 to 6 p.m in Arena Banquet Room

Conan turns to the Property Brothers for tips on buying Greenland

Jonathan Scott suggests removing glaciers and mountains to bring in ‘more natural light’

Forests minister visits B.C. town rocked by multiple mill shutdowns

A third of Mackenzie turns out for rally, not much to cheer about

B.C. sockeye returns drop as official calls 2019 ‘extremely challenging’

Federal government says officials are seeing the same thing off Alaska and Washington state

Expanded support to help B.C. youth from care attend university still falling short

Inadequate support, limited awareness and eligibility restrictions some of the existing challenges

Preliminary inquiry set for accused Penticton killer

John Brittain, 68, will be back in Penticton court from Jan. 27 to 31

Most Read