The Other Side of Hope is the latest film directed by Aki Kaurismäki, Finland's most celebrated cinema auteur. The film tells the story of a Finnish travelling salesman (Sakari Kuosmanen) and a Syrian refugee (Sherwan Haji) crossing paths. Kaurismäki won the Silver Bear for best director at the Berlin International Film Festival. The Other Side of Hope is the second instalment in Kaurismäki’s trilogy focusing on port cities, which began with Le Havre (2011). The film was shot on 35mm film by Timo Salminen and also stars Janne Hyytiäinen, Nuppu Koivu, Ilkka Koivula, Simon Hussein Al-Bazoon, Kaija Pakarinen, Kati Outinen, Tommi Korpela and Tuomari Nurmio.