If cinema is your fuel, you’ll be happy to know that The Doha Film Institute Cinema (DFI Cinema) has unveiled its new “Contemporary Releases” programme, which aims to bring a unique selection of the latest internationally and regionally acclaimed films to audiences in Qatar.
The programme debuts on Thursday January 25 with Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki’s The Other Side of Hope (Finland, Germany/2017), a film that portrays the struggles of an asylum-seeker in a heart-warming manner, coupled with humour and the spirit of human kindness. The movie is set in Helsinki, where displaced Khaled lands as a stowaway. Meanwhile, a middle-aged salesman leaves his wife and job behind to buy an unsuccessful seafood restaurant. Watch as the paths of these two men cross unexpectedly.
Kaurismäki is one of Finland’s most renowned screenwriters and directors. He began his career as an independent director with films like Crime and Punishment (1983) and gained worldwide attention with Leningrad Cowboys Go America (1989). The Other Side of Hope was selected to screen at the 2017 Toronto, New York and Telluride film festivals. It won the FIPRESCI Film of the Year prize at the San Sebastián International Film Festival 2017 and the 2017 Silver Bear for best director at Berlin International Film Festival.
These screenings are part of DFI’s year-round initiatives to enhance local audiences’ cinema experiences and make a valuable contribution to the diversity of screen culture in Qatar.
QR35 (QR10 discount for Culture Pass-holders and students). Tickets available online or at the venue. Jan 25, 4.30pm; Jan 26, 4.30pm, 7pm. Museum of Islamic Art Auditorium, MIA, Corniche Street, www.dohafilminstitute.com.