Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 2017 Berlinale and selected as Best Film of the Year by the International Federation of Film Critics. A hilarious and poignant comedy about the friendship between a newcomer to Helsinki and a budding - if completely inexperienced - restaurateur.
After arriving in Finland from Syria as a stowaway on a freighter, Khaled applies for asylum. Things don't look encouraging, and not all locals present a welcoming face. But after crossing paths with stoic travelling shirt salesman-turned-entrepreneur Wikström, he finds an unlikely source of kindness and connection. When Khaled eventually receives news of his missing sister, Wikström hatches a scheme to help reunite the pair, but it seems getting out of Finland is much, much trickier than getting in...
★★★★ 1/2 "Exquisite...his [Wikström] quiet observation of life at its most generous and least generous is something to relish" - FOXTEL ARTS SCREEN
★★★★ "Great. Head and shoulders over much of today's cinema" - DAVID STRATTON
★★★★★ "Effortlessly funny. A deadpan brilliantly observed comic study" - THE INDEPENDENT
★★★★★ "Gorgeous and cuttingly poignant. He has a precious knack for jokes that work beautifully in any language" - TELEGRAPH
★★★★★ "Screamingly funny...Simply sublime" - THE LIST
"Humane and gravely funny" - NY TIMES
Cast: Sherwan Haji, Sakari Kuosmanen
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
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