Title: Concrete Night
Director - Pirjo Honkasalo
Starring - Johannes Brotherus, Jari Virman, Anneli Karppinen, Juhan Ulfsak
Release Date - November 11, 2013
Today we bring you 'Concrete Night', Finland's
entry for the 87th Academy Awards. A moving, lyrical, and stunning film
constructed by an award winning cinematographer turned director, the film
focuses on young Simo as he struggles to find his way in an otherworldly
Helsinki surrounded by the presence of both good and evil influences.
The film is without question one of the most beautifully
lensed black and white films in the past five years. As we watch Simo playfully
fight with his brother, skinny dip with his best friend, and become lost in an
amusement park we're constantly moved by an unyielding camera eye that doesn't
back down from the goal of piercing Simo's outer layers.
Kyle Turner, in a critical essay on 'Concrete Night', had this to say about its style, 'Other queer films, or even films with
latently queer films, generally shy away from bleakness, trading it in for
melodrama or comedy (unless you go the genre route). But Pirjo Honkasalo paints
a search for self as a Kafka-esque nightmare, the landscapes of Helsinki
reminiscent of the chiaroscuro in Orson Welles’ 'The Trial' and David
Lynch’s 'Eraserhead'. The harsh contrast between dark and light creates
jagged little edges on every object in every frame, transforming a falling
feather in the air recalling the prologue from Lars von Trier’s 'Antichrist'
not a symbol of solace or safety, but something more sinister and
If your internet is fast enough make sure to choose 1080p to
see 'Concrete Night' in all of its intended glory!
Watch it with: Yourself or a friend that appreciates a
critical discussion after a film.
Mix it with: Cappuccino
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