Two upcoming movies that I am excited about:
- Paterson: the new Jim Jarmusch film.The accolades are pouring in for this one. It appears to be a return to form for Jarmusch, a hopeful tale full of humanity, poetry, and charming characters. See “Directors I like” for my thoughts on Jarmusch linked here: https://walkcheerfullyblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/03/vii-directors-i-like/
– Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8pGJBgiiDU– Scene from movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRWGX8QGkWc
2. The Other Side of Hope: the new Aki Kaurismaki film. Aki was the winner of the Berlin International Film Festival’s Silver Bear for best director 2017 for The Other Side of Hope.
From IndieWire: “The Other Side of Hope” Six years have elapsed since the last time the world was blessed with a new film by the peerlessly droll Aki Kaurismäki, and it was starting to seem as though the unofficial ambassador of Finnish cinema might have called it a wrap — after all, “Le Havre” is one of life’s few perfect things, and continues to feel like the immaculate summation of a brilliant career. But Kaurismäki doesn’t see things that way. On the contrary, he considers “Le Havre” to be the first chapter of a trilogy about the port cities of Europe, and he’s ready to reveal the second part. Revisiting a familiar premise that has only grown more timely since 2011, “The Other Side of Hope” follows a Syrian refugee (Sherwan Haji) as he seeks asylum in Helsinki and befriends a smattering of dry-witted locals. This may sound like heavy going, but we’ve learned never to doubt the wry perseverance of Kaurismäki’s light touch. With its Berlin premiere tied to the film’s February 3 release in Finland, “The Other Side of Hope” is sure to be one of the safest bets at the festival. – By David Ehrlich
See my post on Aki Kaurismäki linked here: https://walkcheerfullyblog.wordpress.com/2016/07/04/i-aki-kaurismaki/
– Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtiFG6utst8
– Berlin International Film Festival Program description: https://www.berlinale.de/en/programm/berlinale_programm/datenblatt.php?film_id=201719257#tab=filmStills