Two upcoming movies that I am excited about:

  1. 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:
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    Image result2. 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 EhrlichSee my post on Aki Kaurismäki linked here:

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    written by jbm 2/2017