(Activity carried out in the 2017 edition)
Beds, a different way of watching a movie. was in GETXOPHOTO one more year.
Beds is the activity of the festival dedicated to the cinema that allows the attendants to enjoy a good film in a unique environment and in the most comfortable possible way, from the bed!
From September 14th to the 20th, double beds were installed in Punta Begoña Galleries so those there could watch The Other Side of Hope, by Aki Kaurismäki.
Synopsis: Helsinki. Khaled, a young Syrian immigrant, arrives hidden from a stowaway and a cargo ship from Poland. Meanwhile, a nondescript commercial called Wikiström decides to end their marriage, change business and open a little-frequented restaurant. Their paths will cross and Wikström will offer Khaled roof, food and work. But the boy’s dream is to find his sister, who also fled from Syria.
Duration: 98 minutes Cast: Khaled Sherwan Haji, Wikström Sakari Kuosmanen, Calamnius Ilkka Koivula, Nyrhinen Janne Hyytiäinen, Mirja Nuppu Koivu, Miriam Niroz Haji, Mazdak Simon Hussein Al-Bazoon
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Screenplay: Aki Kaurismäki
Languages: Finnish, Arabic and English, with subtitles in Spanish.
This is what the press has said about the film
“A very believable work, it offers humour and violence, while the closing scene stirs up a range of emotions few directors can manage.”
THE SUNDAY TIMES
“The urgent subject matter lends weight to a lovely-looking, slow-cooked confection.”
“There’s a gloominess to the way the film looks, though there’s also a lovely, scuzzy quality too. Haji’s Khaled is serious and self-effacing, but he isn’t pious. He is simply ordinary. the film resists platitudes about immigration, aiming for something closer to tragicomic realism.”
Berlin International Film Festival 2017
Won: Silver Berlin Bear, Best Director
Nominated: Golden Berlin Bear, Best Film
Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards 2017
Won: Best Actor, Sherwan Haji
Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2017
Won: Festival Award, Best Actor Sherwan Haji Jerusalem
Film Festival 2017
Won: In Spirit for Freedom Award Best Feature
Luxembourg City Film Festival 2017
Won: Grand Prix, Aki Kaurismäki
Munich Film Festival 2017
Won: German Cinema Award for Peace, Best International Director
Sydney Film Festival 2017
Nominated: Sydney Film Prize, Best Film