Aki Kaurismäki’s ‘The Other Side of Hope’ to compete for the Golden Bear at Berlinale

It seems like just days ago we were viewing the first images of Aki Kaurismäki’s upcoming film, The Other Side of Hope, and now it’s been revealed the film will compete for the coveted Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 2017. Berlinale announced the first 10 titles of the competition today. Most of the films Kaurismäki directed in the 80s and 90s premiered at Berlinale.

The Other Side of Hope is the second film Kaurismäki’s trilogy focusing on port cities. The trilogy began in 2011 with Le Havre, and in The Other Side of Hope we see a Finnish travelling salesman and a Syrian refugee crossing paths. The film was shot in early autumn in the country’s capital, Helsinki.

Kaurismäki’s film is a special addition to the celebration of Finland’s Centenary Year celebrations in 2017. The film will be in cinemas nationwide in Finland on February 3rd and is distributed in Finland by B-Plan Distribution. The international sales are handled by Match Factory.

Sherwan Haji and Sakari Kuosmanen are seen in the leading roles of the The Other Side of Hope. The supporting cast includes Janne Hyytiäinen, Nuppu Koivu, Ilkka Koivula and Simon Hussein Al-Bazoon. Kaija Pakarinen, Kati Outinen, Tommi Korpela, and Tuomari Nurmio also appear in the film. The Other Side of Hope is shot on 35mm film by Timo Salminen.

Berlin International Film Festival is one of the most important film events in the world. The 67th Berlinale runs from February 9 to 19, 2017. The president of the competition jury is Paul Verhoeven.