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Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival 2017 Opening Night


Thu 20 Jul 2017, 7:00pm

Where: Palace Barracks Cinemas, 61 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane, Petrie Terrace, Queensland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $45.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: georgia63r

The evening kicks off with a sparkling elderflower cocktail on arrival, followed by Finnish maestro Aki Kaurismäki’s brilliantly droll comedy The Other Side of Hope and finishes with an after-party featuring Scandi tunes and smørrebrød.

Kaurismäki’s legendary deadpan humour and always-humanistic perspective frequently depicts difficult situations in society, and of people coming together to help overcome them. This joyous, internationally-acclaimed new film is no different, as it drolly reflects the modern day experience of one immigrant in Finland.

Wikström is a man wanting to change his life, and decides to invest in an unprofitable restaurant. Meanwhile, a Syrian refugee named Khaled arrives in Helsinki, desperate to seek asylum. After his application is rejected, Khaled decides to remain illegally and seeks refuge behind Wikström’s business, sleeping in the storage space. When eventually discovered, an unlikely friendship is formed, one that will change both of their lives irrevocably.

The Other Side of Hope is both important and hugely entertaining, providing a fundamentally optimistic vision of a troubled world.