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Brussels, April, 3rd, 2018 (SIGNIS Europe). The Other Side of Hope (Finland, Germany) directed by Aki Kaurismäki is the winner of the SIGNIS Prize for Best European Film of 2017, offered by the SIGNIS European Region of the World Catholic Association for Communication.
The film is about the meeting of two kinds of rootless people: Khaled is fleeing from Syria's Aleppo to Finland, where he arrives hidden on a collier, and Finnish Wikström who is a traveling agent, a canvasser selling shirts to men, and opens a restaurant from his poker prize. Kaurismäki explores the subject with humor, with little talk and little smile, and with the utmost anticipation of the original right of man to make his way in life. The film was an official selection at the Berlin International Film Festival (2017), where it won the Best Director Award.
On Body and Soul (Hungary) by Ildikó Enyedi winner of the Golden Bear Award, and the award of FIPRESCI and Ecumenical Jury at the International Film Festival Berlin, received the second highest number of votes in the vote. The third is Loveless (Russia, France) by Andrey Zvyagintsev.
SIGNIS Europe has members in 23 countries and is one of the six regions of SIGNIS, the World Catholic Association for Communication. Every year since 2008, SIGNIS Europe has been awarded a prize for the best European film of the year. The purpose of this prize is to promote and create interest for those European films that emerge because of their cinematic quality as well as for the value of the theme in the film.
The winning film was selected by SIGNIS Europe national members after two voting rounds.