‘THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE’: Sunday, February 4, 1pm, Bay Street Theater

HIFF presents an exciting new series of screenings, in partnership with Guild Hall and Bay Street Theater, that brings notable films currently in theaters to the East End. Curated by HIFF, the series features acclaimed first-run art house, independent, and world cinema.

This February, Now Showing expands to Sag Harbor!


The Other Side of Hope

Sunday, February 4 | 1:00pm | Bay Street Theater
Director: Aki Kaurismäki | Finland | 2017 | 
Runtime: 98 minutes
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This wry, melancholic comedy from Aki Kaurismäki, a clear-eyed response to the current refugee crisis, follows two people searching for a place to call home. Displaced Syrian Khaled (Sherwan Haji) lands in Helsinki as a stowaway; meanwhile, middle-aged salesman Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen) leaves behind his wife and job and buys a conspicuously unprofitable seafood restaurant. After Khaled is denied asylum, he decides not to return to Aleppo— and the paths of the two men cross fortuitously. As deadpan as the best of the director’s work, and with a deep well of empathy for its down-but-not-out characters (many of them played by members of Kaurismäki’s ever-reliable stock company), THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE is a bittersweet tale of human kindness in the face of official indifference.

“At once honest and artful, a touching and clearsighted declaration of faith in people and in movies.” — The New York Times

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $13 for HIFF members. HIFF members, look for an email with your Members-only discount code. Enjoy! 

Other films in the series:
NOVITIATE on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at Guild Hall
THE INSULT on Sunday, February 18, 2018, at Bay Street Theater