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EFA nominations for „The Other Side Of Hope“

30th European Film Awards: 2 nominations for Aki Kaurismäki’s „The Other Side Of Hope“

  • European Film 2017 and European Director 2017 for Aki Kaurismäki’s new film
  • Ceremony for the 30th European Film Awards in Berlin on 9 December

The Other Side Of Hope“ by Aki Kaurismäki has been nominated for the 30th European Film Awards in the categories of European Film 2017 and European Director 2017. The nominations were announced by the European Film Academy (EFA) at the European Film Festival in Seville. The European Film Awards will be presented at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele on Saturday, 9 December. Pandora Film Verleih was supported by the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW for its  release of Kaurismäki’s tragicomedy in German cinemas on 30 March after the film’s premiere at this year’s Berlinale where it received a Silver Bear for Best Direction.

Petra Müller, CEO of the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW: „We are really pleased along with Aki Kaurismäki and Pandora Film’s about the well-deserved nominations for this both topical and heartwarming European film!“

Information about „The Other Side Of Hope“

The tragicomedy „The Other Side Of Hope“ by Aki Kaurismäki was produced by Sputnik OY (Finland) in co-production with OY Bufo AB (Finland) and Cologne’s Pandora Film and in association with YLE and ZDF/Arte. The leads are taken by Sherwan Haji, Sakari Kuosmanen and Ilkka Koivula. About the film: The Syrian refugee Khaled arrives in Helsinki after an odyssey during which he lost his sister. He applies for asylum, but the Finnish authorities claim that the conditions in Aleppo are not so bad. He is due to be deported and runs away from the hostel. He ends up in the courtyard of a restaurant which is now being run by the former shirt salesman seller Wikström. They come to blows. But Wikström then lets Khaled live in his former storehouse and work with him in the restaurant.

„The Other Side Of Hope“ screened in Competition at the Berlinale where Aki Kaurismäki was awarded a Silver Bear. It was also the opening film at the San Sebastian Film Festival, shown at the festivals in Montreal, New York, Toronto, Karlovy Vary and Sarajevo and received the Peace Prize of German Cinema in Munich, among others.

The more than 3,000 members of the European Film Academy will now vote for the winners. The European Film Award is regarded as the European counterpart of the American Oscar. Two awards have already been announced: the French actress and filmmaker Julie Delpy will receive this year’s award for European Achievement in World Cinema. The Russian film director and screenwriter Alexander Sokurov will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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