Aki Kaurismäki won Best Director at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival for this tragicomic masterpiece, the story of Khaled, a Syrian asylum seeker whose life collides with that of Wikström, a Finnish salesman fleeing a miserable marriage.
Six years after the sublime, award-winning Le Havre, Aki Kaurismäki returns with the second film in a planned trilogy focusing on port cities. Kaurismäki regular Sakari Kuosmanen stars as Wikström, a poker-playing restaurateur and former travelling salesman who crosses paths with a Syrian refugee who has just arrived in Finland. Kaurismäki doesn’t duck the brutal realities of refugee life, but nonetheless finds courage, hope and kindness as these two mismatched outsiders rebuild their lives.
“A gently loving fable with a straightforward political message that home can be wherever you find it.” – NICK JAMES, SIGHT & SOUND