Monday Night Film Series


The Monday Night Film Series takes place at Tilley Hall, Room 102, UNB Campus
Tel: 455-1632 or email

The NB Film Co-op presents the Fredericton Monday Night Film Series. The series partners are the Film Circuit, a division of the Toronto International Film Festival and the UNB Faculty of Arts. The series presents limited release, independent foreign and Canadian films for one-night screenings, with the goal of diversifying local access to cinema. These films are new or recent releases, which would not otherwise be available to Fredericton audiences on the big screen.

Tickets and Membership

The film series is open to everyone.
Regular admission is $8.00
Member's admission: $5.00

Full-Year Memberships
Regular: $30.00
Students/Seniors (65 years and up)/NBFC Members: $18.00

Half-Year Memberships
Regular: $20.00
Students/Seniors (65 years and up)/NBFC Members: $12.00

Tickets and Memberships are Available at

Tilley Hall, Room 102, UNB on Monday Nights. Memberships are also available at the NB Film Co-op: 732 Charlotte Street (Charlotte Street Arts Centre) in early September annually

Lead sponsor: Bell. Major sponsors: RBC Rpyal Bank, L'Oreal Paris, VISA.



NOTE: All films screen at 7:30pm

September 4, 2017 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus


Michael Showalter
USA, 2017
English, Urdu
120 minutes
Principal Cast: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano

Pakistan-born Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani), in the middle of becoming a budding stand-up comedian, meets Emily (Zoe Kazan). Meanwhile, a sudden illness sets in forcing Emily to be put into a medically-induced coma. Kumail must navigate being a comedian, dealing with tragic illness, and placating his family's desire to let them fix him up with a spouse, while contemplating and figuring out who he really is and what he truly believes.

In a summer bereft of original comedies, The Big Sick is not only necessary, it’s downright revolutionary. Here’s a layered, nuanced film whose only goal is to tell a story of real people and real heartache, not to act as a crass marketing plank for a series of hopeful sequels and spinoffs. More than its divorce from the franchise game, though, The Big Sick is refreshing thanks to its on-screen diversity – aside from Master of None, has there ever been a Hollywood product with a brown actor as its romantic lead? – which is wisely played as really not that big of a deal at all.

Kumail Nanjiani lets his natural charisma and hilarity carry the movie, which lightly fictionalizes his real-life courtship with co-writer Emily V. Gordon (played here by Zoe Kazan). There’s a slightly terrifying twist planted along the pair’s path to romance, but it’s handled with a deft level of sincerity by director Michael Showalter and the uniformly excellent cast (including a scene-stealing Ray Romano as Gordon’s father).

"It's a movie that not only puts human imperfections and incongruities on display, but also revels in them." Ann Hornaday Washington Post

September 11, 2017 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus


Jason Connery
UK, USA, 2017
112 minutes
Principal Cast: Jack Lowden, Peter Mullan, Ophelia Lovibond

In every generation, a torch passes from father to son. And that timeless dynamic is the beating heart of Tommy's Honour - an intimate, powerfully moving tale of the real-life founders of the modern game of golf.

Tom and Tommy Morris, father and son pioneers of professional golf, relied on skill, business acumen and working-class street smarts to make Tommy one of the world's first sports superstars and found the modern game of golf.
Tommy's Honour is a 2016 historical drama film depicting the lives and careers of, and the complex relationship between, the pioneering Scottish golfing champions Old Tom Morris and his son Young Tom Morris. The film is directed by Jason Connery, and the father and son are portrayed by Peter Mullan and Jack Lowden. The film won Best Feature Film at the 2016 British Academy Scotland Awards.

In St Andrews, Scotland in 1866, 15-year-old Tommy Morris (Jack Lowden) is an avid golfer like his legendary and pioneering father, Tom Morris (Peter Mullan). "Old Tom" is greens-keeper for The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, as well as the town’s club- and ball-maker. He is the two-time winner of the first major golf tournament, The Open Championship, which he founded in 1860. He also established golf's standard of 18 holes per round. But young Tommy is beginning to chafe at his father's dictates, especially in the rapidly changing world they live in.

Tommy soon outshines his father, winning The Open three times in a row while still in his teens. The "dashing young man of golf", he draws flocks of spectators to the sport and becomes its first touring professional.

Father and son repeatedly clash over the unwritten rules of social class, and this culminates when Tommy marries his sweetheart Meg (Ophelia Lovibond), a woman of lower standing with a shameful secret in her past. As the story concludes, Old Tom makes a fatal misjudgement that strips Tommy of everything he holds dear. Following the results of that fateful choice, Old Tom takes on a personal mission that carries him through the final decades of his life: that of honouring his son Tommy.

"With its rugged landscapes, handsome production design and, especially, the very appealing work of leads Peter Mullen and Jack Lowden, Tommy's Honour is an ingratiating production all-round." Godfrey Cheshire,

September 18, 2017 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus


Lone Scherfig
110 minutes
Principal Cast: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Jack Huston, Helen McCrory, Eddie Marsan, Jake Lacy, Rachael Stirling, Richard E. Grant

Film Circuit favourite Lone Scherfig (An Education) returns with this rousing romantic comedy set in Britain’s wartime film industry. Featuring a cast teeming with some of the UK’s most charismatic comedic actors, including Bill Nighy (Pride, Notes on a Scandal) and Richard E. Grant (The Iron Lady, Gosford Park), Their Finest is about boosting morale during a period of national — and personal — crisis.

Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton, Gemma Bovary; Tamara Drewe) is a “slop” scriptwriter, charged with bringing a female perspective to war films produced by the British Ministry of Information’s Film Division. Catrin’s artist husband looks down on her job despite the fact that it’s paying their rent, but her effort and talent are valued by lead scenarist Tom Buckley (Sam Claflin, The Riot Club; United).

While on location in Devon, Catrin begins to come into her own and earn the respect of her peers, especially when she becomes the only crewperson that Ambrose Hilliard (Nighy) — a past-his-prime, yet nonetheless pompous actor — will talk to and take direc­tion from.

Based on the novel Their Finest Hour and a Half by Lissa Evans, the film pops with witty banter and flows with lovely period detail. The characters are uniformly textured and the performances nuanced. Nighy is perfectly cast in his endearingly withering role, and Jeremy Irons turns up for a welcome cameo. However, Arterton ultimately steals the show, bringing subtlety, intelligence, and a range of beauti­fully gauged emotions to Catrin, whose path to self-renewal is an inspiring example of a talented woman forging her place in the world.

“Their Finest is the sort of crowd-pleaser that knows the difference between satisfying its viewers and flattering them, all the while showcasing surprising performances from Gemma Arterton and Sam Claflin, and an entirely unsurprising one from Bill Nighy — a master scene-stealer pulling off yet another brazen heist.” Andrew Barker, Variety

September 25, 2017 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus


Kirsten Tan
Thailand, Singapore, 2017
104 minutes
Principal Cast: Thaneth Warakulnukroh, Penpak Sirikul, Bong

On a chance encounter, a disenchanted architect bumps into his long-lost elephant on the streets of Bangkok. Excited, he takes his elephant on a journey across Thailand, in search of the farm where they grew up together.

Pop Aye is a 2017 Singaporean-Thai drama film directed by Kirsten Tan. A debut feature by Tan, the road film tells the story of a man as he tries to take his long-lost elephant back to their rural hometown. The first Singaporean film selected to screen at the Sundance, it competed and won a Special Jury Prize in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition section of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

Thana (Thaneth Warakulnukroh), a middle-aged architect, is disillusioned at work as well as at home with his wife Bo (Penpak Sirikul). One day, as he wanders the Bangkok city, he chances upon an elephant which turns out to be his childhood companion, Pop Aye. He then decides to take the elephant back to the rural village where they grew up together and into his uncle Peak's (Narong Pongpab) care. Thus, they embark on their homecoming journey through the rural Thailand to their hometown in Loei Province, Isan.

"That’s what makes “Pop Aye” the thinking person’s feel-good film of the summer: much is communicated nonverbally (or, at most, with sparse dialogue)." Christopher Kompanek, Washington Post

October 2, 2017 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus


Michael Winterbottom
107 minutes
Principal Cast: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Rebecca Johnson, Claire Keelan

Following their culinary outings to England’s Lake District in The Trip and down the Italian coast in The Trip to Italy, Steve Coogan (Philomena, Alan Partridge) and Rob Brydon (Tristram Shandy) team up once more to indulge in Iberian epicurean delights, trade barbs, and compete to perfect the ultimate Michael Caine impression, in the much-anticipated Trip to Spain.

After the success of Coogan’s travelogue and reviews of English and Italian restau­rants, The New York Times commissions a new piece; this time, he is sent to Spain with the ever-reliable Brydon in tow. Soaking in the culinary riches of the Basque region, which boasts several of the best reviewed restaurants in the world, and moving through the coun­try to the Mediterranean coast, Coogan and Brydon devour envy-inspiring meals, while reviving their iconic and devastatingly funny impressions of Michael Caine, Al Pacino, and Roger Moore (with a new and accomplished Mick Jagger joining the roster).

Between the meals, jokes, and meandering drives throughout the Spanish countryside, cracks begin to show in Coogan and Brydon’s optimistic veneer. Despite their insistence that they’re at “the sweet spot” of their lives, the pair spends substantial amounts of time reminiscing about their younger selves and earlier films (Philomena is mentioned repeat­edly), while negotiating the difficult task of coming to terms with their older selves, and more settled family lives. Still crackling with the improvisational energy and vibrancy of the first two installments, The Trip to Spain provides a reliable mix of breathtaking vistas, indulgent meals, and Coogan and Brydon’s hilarious odd-couple comedy.

“…brilliant, hilarious, the funniest thing since The Trip to Italy.” Sam Wollaston, The Guardian

October 9, 2017 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus


François Ozon
French, German w/ English subtitles
113 minutes
Principal Cast: Paula Beer, Pierre Niney, Marie Gruber, Ernst Stötzner, Johann Von Bülow, Anton Von Lucke

In the aftermath of World War I, a young German woman mourning the death of her fiancé forms a bond with a mysterious Frenchman visiting her beloved’s grave. Telling a familiar tale of love, remembrance, grief, and mourning in new and surprising ways, Frantz is a brilliant addition to the filmography of François Ozon (The New Girlfriend, Potiche).

The war has just ended and Anna (Paula Beer) is still living with Frantz’s parents, who are shattered over their son’s death. Meanwhile, the citizens of Anna’s small German town are just beginning to emerge from the shadow of the war.
Spying a stranger laying a bouquet of roses on Frantz’s grave one day, the quietly grieving Anna is both surprised and intrigued. Hesitantly, the visi­tor reveals he is a French soldier, but with the horrors of the war still so raw in everyone’s minds, the small community makes it clear he’s not welcome among them.

Adrien (Pierre Niney, Yves Saint Laurent, Romantics Anonymous) soon reveals he knew Frantz prior to the war, as the two became fast friends over their shared love of art and music. Anna and Frantz’s parents eventually warm to the sensitive Frenchman, grateful for the chance to revive a connection to Frantz. But despite Adrien’s initial charms, his past slowly reveals itself to be more mysterious and murky than it seems.

“[Frantz] continues the filmmaker’s long line of complex female heroines and explores many themes dear to Ozon, including mourning and the refuge fiction and/or art can offer in times of crisis. And as usual, the actors are all in fine form.” Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

October 16, 2017 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus


Miguel Arteta
USA, 2017
83 minutes
Principal Cast: Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Connie Britton

Beatriz (Salma Hayek, Some Kind of Beautiful; Frida), a self-effacing immigrant from Mexico working as a massage therapist and holistic healer, has spent her adult life caring for the sick while neglecting herself. When her car breaks down and she is stranded at a client's luxurious Newport Beach home overnight, her well-meaning employer Cathy (Connie Britton, TV’s Nashville; Friday Night Lights) insists she join them for a dinner party that evening. There, Beatriz is introduced to Doug Strutt (John Lithgow, Miss Sloane; Love is Strange), a ruthless billionaire real-estate developer. She listens uncomfortably while Doug brags about his aggressive business tactics, but when he boasts about shooting a rhino in Africa, she can no longer hold her tongue. As opposing worldviews collide over the dinner table, Beatriz's pent-up outrage emerges in a way that surprises even herself.

Stripped of her usual glamour, Hayek’s performance is one to watch. Arteta and White sharply take on a buffet of ill-advised dinner topics including money, power, and class, all with subtle, dark humour that is bound to get audiences talking.

“The first dramatic comedy that's an explicit — and provocative — allegory of the Age of Trump.”
Owen Gleiberman, Variety

October 23, 2017 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus


Jonathan Teplitzky
105 minutes
Principal Cast: Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson, John Slattery

A gripping portrait of the man often referred to as “the greatest Briton of all time,” Churchill chronicles the tense days before the D-Day landing in June 1944. Haunted by memories of Gallipoli and the carnage of World War I, Winston Churchill (Brian Cox, Citizen Gangster; Forsaken) finds himself the sole opponent of a proposed Allied offensive in Normandy, intended to deliver the final blow that ends that war. Facing staunch resistance from General Dwight Eisenhower (John Slattery, Spotlight; The Adjustment Bureau) and the commander of the Allied troops, Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery (Julian Wadham, War Horse; The Iron Lady), Churchill desperately tries to impress upon King George VI (James Purefoy, High-Rise; Equity) the incredible risk of sending thou­sands of men onto a beach with, in his mind, inadequate preparation. Unable to escape memories of the bloodshed of “the war to end all wars,” Churchill appears to retain the respect of his peers, but not their deference.

As he finds himself constantly stymied by men who favour aggressive action over careful contemplation, Churchill leans on his pragmatic and candid wife, Clementine (Miranda Richardson, Testament of Youth; Belle). Realizing that her husband is in danger of unravelling at a time when the country and the war need him to be at his most unshakable, Clementine deftly cuts through his infamous bluster to tell him exactly what he needs to hear.

Rather than portraying its titular character as an infallible legend of military honour and conviction, Churchill takes a more nuanced look at how heavy the burden of duty falls upon those who are responsible for making decisions off of the battlefield. Plagued by doubt and determined to do everything he can to save the lives of thousands of young men, including that of his young secretary’s fiancé, Churchill finds himself trapped in a state of moral reticence that no one around him seems to understand or consider significant enough to change course

Featuring an incredible lead perfor­mance by Cox, Churchill also boasts a fascinating glimpse into the life and character of Clementine Churchill, as she simultane­ously bolsters and admonishes her husband. A tense, moving, and vital depiction of the ways in which war takes its toll on every citizen, Churchill provides an empathetically human illustration of a legendary man.

“Brian Cox is a marvel of an actor, and to watch him tear into the role of Winston Churchill is not to be missed.” Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

October 30, 2017 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus


Rama Burstein
ISRAEL, 2016
110 minutes
Principal Cast: Dafi Alferon, Noa Koler, Oded Leopold

At 32, Michal (Noa Kooler), an Orthodox Jewish woman, is finally looking forward to the comfort and security of marriage, when she is blindsided by her fiancé's decision to call off the wedding with only a month's notice. Unwilling to return to lonely single life, Michal decides to put her trust in fate and continue with her wedding plans, believing Mr. Right will appear by her chosen date.

Confident she will find a match made in heaven, she books a venue, sends out invitations and buys a wedding dress, as her skeptical mother and sister look on with trepidation. During Michal's month-long search for a spouse, she enlists the help of two different matchmakers, goes on a series of disastrous blind dates and finds an unexpected connection with a charming but utterly unsuitable pop star (Oz Zehavi) - all while dismissing pleas by concerned friends and family members that she reconsider her risky plan. As the day of the ceremony grows closer and no suitor appears, Michal puts everything on the line to find happiness.

"An engaging (and surprisingly entertaining) examination, not of belief, but of a believer, a struggling soul who more often than not blocks her own path to paradise." Matthew Lickona, San Diego Reader

November 6, 2017 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus


Nick Hamm
UK, 2017
94 minutes
Principal Cast: Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney, John Hurt

During the 2006 Northern Ireland peace talks, Sinn Fein leader Martin McGuiness (Colm Meaney) and Democratic Party leader Ian Paisley (Timothy Spall) are forced to travel by car together.

A fictional account of the extraordinary story of two implacable enemies in Northern Ireland-- firebrand Democratic Unionist Party leader Paisley and Sinn Fein politician Martin McGuinness-- who are forced to take a short journey together in which they will take the biggest leap of faith and change the course of history.

In 2006, Northern Ireland's bloody Troubles had dragged on for decades. Now with the growing threat of a new generation inspired by the 9/11 attacks to escalate the conflict to new levels of destruction, both the Catholic Republican and the Protestant Unionist sides are finally persuaded to seriously explore a peace agreement at UK Prime Minister Tony Blair's (Toby Stephens) urging. Unfortunately, the principle negotiators, firebrand Democratic Unionist Party leader Ian Paisley (Timothy Spall) and Sinn Fein politician Martin McGuinness (Colm Meaney), are decades-long implacable enemies.

However with talks about to start, Paisley has his wedding anniversary that he is determined to attend at home, and McGuinness decides he must accompany his enemy to prevent him from being persuaded to abandon this chance for peace. With the Prime Minister and his MI-5 staff nervously watching from secret cameras, the two foes undertake a journey together in which they bridge the seemingly unbridgeable and change the course of history.

"A witty, wickedly funny and razor sharp blend of comedy, politics and drama with fine performances by Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney." Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru

November 13, 2017 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus


Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk
USA, 2017
100 minutes
With: Al Gore, Barack Obama, Donald J. Trump

It’s been a decade since the Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change to light and championed it as a global concern. 10 years later, Al Gore presents new research demonstrating that 14 of Earth’s 15 hottest years in recorded history have been since 2001. In light of America’s recent with­drawal from the 2016 Paris Agreements, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power is urgent and essential viewing.

Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk take the directorial reigns to recap the successes and setbacks since the first film. At the centre of it all is the slightly grayer, mellower, but no less impassioned, Al Gore. He continues touring his PowerPoint lectures, updated with not only new grim facts, but also encouraging examples of successful green energy projects. He trains the next generation of eco-leaders with his Climate Leadership initiatives and uses his considerable connections to negotiate deals with the world’s leaders. However, the most powerful sections are the visually startling check-ins he does with scientific researchers regarding our planet’s health. While many naysayers mocked his 2006 scientific, ani­mated projections of rising waters flooding the World Trade Center area in Manhattan, no one was laughing when 2012’s Hurricane Sandy did just that.

The former Vice President is a modern-day superhero decked out in his button-up shirts and cowboy boots. It’s surprising and fascinating how lonely the fight has been, and the fact that he's been doing it now for nearly a quarter century with no signs of slowing down is admirable. With the health and future of the planet at stake, Gore and those training with him are certainly the heroes we need.

“Though audiences may have heard this one before, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power preaches effectively to its choir, with a decade of fresh data and increasing cataclysms to persuasively make its case.” Anthony Kaufman Screen International

November 20, 2017 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus


Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman
UK, Poland, 2017
95 minutes
Principal Cast: Aidan Turner, Saoirse Ronan, Eleanor Tomlinson, Chris O’Dowd, Robert Gulaczyk


Loving Vincent is the first fully painted biographical animated film. Each of the film's 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, using the same technique as Van Gogh, created by a team of 115 painters.

In summer 1891 Vincent Van Gogh died of a gunshot wound. Why did this ambitious young artist kill himself just as he was creating some of his finest work? What was the state of his mental health, and what was going on in his private life? He didn't leave a suicide note; he didn't write a letter; there's no first-hand evidence given by Doctor Gachet [his physician]. Vincent and his brother Theo spent several hours together before he died, and Vincent was fully lucid. But Theo never relayed in writing anything about the conversations that they had."

They came up with a noirish detective story (featuring real people Van Gogh knew), set a year after the artist's death. The film takes in the various conflicting accounts given by residents of Auvers. It also explores the not-impossible theory that Van Gogh was murdered by René Secrétan, a local 16 year-old who enjoyed ridiculing the quiet, anti-social artist, and went as far as admitting to having given him the gun. His tragic death has long been known, what has remained a mystery is how and why he came to be shot. Loving Vincent tells that story.

"Brings a poetic sense of tragedy to the last act of van Gogh's life, and fresh insight into the kind of man he was." Peter Debruge, Variety

November 27, 2017 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus


Justin Chadwick
107 minutes
Principal Cast: Alicia Vikander, Christoph Waltz, Dane DeHaan, Judi Dench

Based on the novel by celebrated author Deborah Moggach (These Foolish Things), Tulip Fever tells the tale of a torrid romance between a painter and a beautiful, young married woman at the height of tulip mania in 17th-century Amsterdam. Drawing from an adapted screenplay by playwright Sir Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, Anna Karenina), director Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl) once again employs his masterful eye for detail to bring this period drama to vivid life.

When wealthy merchant Cornelis (Christoph Waltz, Big Eyes; Inglourious Basterds) commissions a portrait of his beautiful wife Sophia (Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl; Testament of Youth), an irre­pressible passion begins to bloom between Sophia and the talented young artist (Dane DeHaan, Two Lovers and a Bear; Devil’s Knot) hired to commit her beauty to canvas. As the young star-crossed lovers hinge their future together on an investment in the risky tulip market, tensions build and deceptions abound as the stakes grow higher.

Beautifully shot in muted palettes reminis­cent of Vermeer, Tulip Fever features quietly powerful performances from its two leads, as well as another wonderfully ominous turn from the Academy Award–winning Waltz. Dame Judi Dench also brings her infamously dry wit to the role of a surprisingly cheeky abbess.

Tulip Fever interweaves the narrative of one of the most astonishing economic events in European history with a deeply intimate tale of desire, betrayal, and perilous ambition. As the young lovers become ever more daring in their commitment, both to each other and towards a shared future, we are reminded of that universal truth: the course of true love never did run smooth.

December 4, 2017 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus


Petra Volpe
German, English, Italian, Swiss German w/ English subtitles
96 minutes
Principal Cast: Marie Leuenberger, Maximilian Simonischek, Rachel Braunschweig

Switzerland, 1971: Nora is a young housewife and mother who lives with her husband and their two sons in a peaceful little village. Here, in the Swiss countryside, little or nothing is felt of the huge social upheavals that the movement of May 1968 has caused. Nora's life, too, has been unaffected; she is a retiring, quiet person, well liked by everyone - until she begins to campaign publicly and pugnaciously for women's right to vote, an issue that will be put before the male voters on February 7th, 1971.

The long-fought battle for women’s suffrage in America ended in 1920, but it wasn’t until 1971 that Switzerland granted its female population the right to vote. “The Divine Order” revisits this fight for equality through the fictional lens of a housewife in one of the country’s remote villages, where her mounting desire for autonomy and actualization is opposed by backward-thinking cretins of both genders. Petra Volpe’s cine-history lesson remains a mainstream crowd-pleaser adept at inspiring and amusing in equal measure.

No prior knowledge of Switzerland’s political evolution is necessary, and thanks to its director’s sturdy guidance and Leuenberger’s fine lead performance as Nora, whose resolve is colored by doubt and trepidation, the film never feels stilted or preachy; rather, it radiates an infectious admiration for the courage shown by its heroines in the face of immense obstacles.

"The Divine Order tells a story of belated female emancipation. A timely reminder of the long, hard-fought battles women have waged throughout history." Economist

December 11, 2017 - 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus


Aki Kaurismäki
Finnish, English, Arabic, Swedish w/ English subtitles
100 minutes

Returning with his first feature in six years since his Film Circuit arthouse favourite Le Havre, Finnish master Aki Kaurismäki (The Man Without a Past) delivers what can be considered the second chapter of his Port Cities Trilogy. In his distinctive anachronistic, yet tonally rich style, Kaurismäki paints the unlikely bond between a Syrian refugee and a middle-aged menswear salesman.

Khaled (newcomer Sherwan Haji) worked as a mechanic in Aleppo before fleeing in a coal ship container and accidently landing on the shores of Helsinki. He emerges from his hid­ing place covered head to toe in black dust, an alien in an unfamiliar town. Wikstrom (Sakari Kuosmanen, The Man without a Past), deeply unsatisfied with his life, leaves his prickly, alcoholic wife and offloads his remaining stock of men’s shirts to fund a career change. After taking a risk at a high-stakes poker game, Wikstrom is presented with a new breath of life that eventually connects and collides both men in an unpredictable friendship.

Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Director at this year’s Berlinale, The Other Side of Hope demonstrates the height of Kaurismäki’s auteurial form. Deftly mixing tragedy and wry humour, Kaurismäki builds a story of an unlikely community coming together under difficult circumstances. This idiosyncratic fable on the refugee crisis could not be more humane and timely.

“This is a world that reeks of cigarette smoke and cheap vodka, yet as always in the work of Finland's maestro of droll melancholy, the perfume that lingers longest is empathy.” David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter