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Leningrad Cowboy: Aki Kaurismäki Invests in “The Other Side of Hope”

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Leningrad Cowboy: Aki Kaurismäki Invests in “The Other Side of Hope”

Aki Kaurismäki will likely be hitting the Croisette in back to back years. He’ll be in Cannes to collect Carrosse d’Or (Golden Coach) award from the Directors’ Fortnight section, and according to this bit of funding news, he’ll likely be back in 2017 with his next feature film. Cineuropa reports that The Other Side of Hope has received some coin from Finnish Film Foundation.We believe this is one of the same with the project titled “Pakolainen,” which has muse Sakari Kuosmanen (Leningrad Cowboys Go America, Drifting Clouds and The Man Without a Past) attached to star. Written by Kaurismäki, his Sputnik prod co will produce with Finnish pubcaster YLE and distributor B-Plan Distribution. The Match Factory folks are handling sales.

Gist: Project details are unavailable.

Worth Noting: His brother, Mika Kaurismäki last directed The Girl King (2015) – here is Nicholas’★★ star review.

Do We Care?: The almost sixty year-old filmmaker has been taking more time between projects. Chalk this up among the most anticipated foreign films for 2017. Here is a little something to get you cinephiles in the mood.


Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric splits his time between his home base in Montreal, NYC, and is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. Top 3 from 2016: Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt), Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Løve), Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)

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