Capital Celluloid 2020 — Day 98: Mon Oct 19

Concrete Night (Honkasalo, 2013): BFI Southbank, NFT 3, 6.10pm

This fascinating Finnish film, part of the Women Make Film season at BFI Southbank curated by Mark Cousins, also screens on November 19th. Full details here.

Chicago Reader review: In a dire Helsinki slum, a 14-year-old boy from a dystunctional family spends a night cavorting with his hot-headed older brother, who's headed for jail the next day. Shooting in black-and-white, cinematographer Peter Flinckenberg conjures up a stark chiaroscuro that amplifies the sense of desolation, but the images are poetic and stirring rather than debilitating; the dramatic lighting gives the rundown buildings and abandoned construction sites an otherworldly look. Director Pirjo Honkasalo uses reflective surfaces—mirrors, windows, water—to suggest alternate realities where her characters might lead less corrupted lives. Drew Hunt

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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