With unrest long simmering below the surface in a majority immigrant Helsinki suburb, police brutality results in a father being hospitalised, the incident compounded by the authorities‘ mistakes and often unintentional overreactions. A typically long, hot Finnish summer explodes into riots and violence as frustration and despair fi nally boil over. Set against the run-up to this cataclysmic climax, half-brothers Sipe, 14, a good student but unwilling to accept life‘s restrictions and rules, and Juno, 26, hot tempered, prone to violence, a petty criminal, struggle for a better future, an end to their alienation and to fi nd new opportunities in life. Sipe, father Arttu and mother Laura want Juno to study, to work, to move out of the suburb and on in life. But for Juno it is already too little, too late. Having abandoned all hope, now completely estranged from society, he has made bad choices and travelled too far down the wrong road to turn back. The fuse is lit.
|Title||Flowers of Evil|
|Genre||Drama, Crime, Youth|
|Running Time||105 min|
Viljami Nojonen, Juno, Eero Aho,
|Directed by||Antti J. Jokinen|
Solar Films Inc.
|Original title||Pahan Kukat|
European productions such as Vito Palmieri’s See You in Texas, Antti Jokinen’s Flowers of Evil and more took home awards from the Chinese A-list festival. The Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) concluded on 19 June, with awards being handed out at the ceremony held in the Shanghai Grand Theatre. The nine-day festival screened nearly 600 films, attracted more than 300,000 viewers and created a new box-office record of approximately €2.6 million – the highest yet for the festival.