Flowers of Evil
With unrest long simmering below the surface in a majority immigrant Helsinki suburb, police brutality results in a father being hospitalised. The incident is magnified by the authorities‘ mistakes and often unintentional overreactions. A typically long, hot Finnish summer explodes into riots and violence as frustration and despair finally boil over. As these cataclysmic events climax, half-brothers Sipe and Juno struggle for a better future, strive to end their alienation, and try to find new opportunities in life. Sipe, a fourteen-year-old, is a good student but unwilling to accept life‘s restrictions and rules, while Juno, a twenty-six-year-old, is hot tempered, prone to violence, and a petty criminal. Sipe, father Arttu and mother Laura want Juno to study, work, and move out of the suburb and advance in life. But for Juno it is already far too little. 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.
Antti J. Jokinen
Director of Photography
Solar Films Inc.
Viljami Nojonen, Juno, Eero Aho, Mikael Gabriel, Diana Tenkorang, Alma Pöysti, Joni Alhonen, Deogracias Masomi, Krista Kosonen, Tommi Korpela
One of the world‘s most sought after video directors, Antti J. Jokinen made his feature film debut in 2011 with The Resident, starring two-times Oscar winner Hilary Swank. His second feature, Purge (2012), was Finland‘s 2013 Academy Awards entry. The following year Jokinen directed The Midwife, a literature film adaptation and one of the most successful local releases. Flowers of Evil is his fourth feature and it won a prize for best direction at Shanghai International Film Festival.