Following Government advice issued on
16 March 2020 the Society has suspended
its screenings until further notice
Our Best Historic Screenings
With our usual seasons cancelled the Committee
is making weekly recommendations of films to
watch that were screened during the last
20 years which were extremely well received
by members and guests.
This week's recommendation
2017, 110 mins.
Finnish, English, Arabic, Swedish, Japanese languages
Directed by Aki Kaurismäki
The Other Side of Hope’ was the 776th film screened by RFS on 12th December 2017. The film was one of three fourth equal ranked films of Season 55, it got an approval mark of 90% from those attending; from season 55 we have already featured the first placed film ‘A Man Called Ove’.
Khaled, a refugee from Aleppo, gradually emerges from a heap of coal in a Finnish harbour, having stowed away on a cargo ship. He decides to register as an illegal immigrant. Meanwhile, lugubrious travelling salesman Waldemar Wikstrom has walked out on his alcoholic wife and then wins a small fortune at poker. He decides to buy a shabby restaurant called the Golden Pint, where the cook sleeps standing up with a cigarette in his mouth.
It has to be Kaurismäki.
Full film notes available in the Twickenham & Richmond Tribune here.
‘The Other Side of Hope’ can be streamed from Amazon Prime and Curzon. Disks are available from Amazon, eBay, CeX and other retailers.
SEASON 57 PROGRAMME
10 SEPTEMBER 2019
TO 16 JUNE 2020