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 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
Original Title Pahan Kukat
Directed by Antti J. Jokinen
Starring Viljami Nojonen, Juno, Eero Aho, Mikael Gabriel, Diana Tenkorang, Alma Pöysti, Joni Alhonen, Deogracias Masomi, Krista Kosonen, Tommi Korpela
Genre Drama, Teen, Thriller, Male Identity
Running time 105 min
Language Finnish
Nationality Finland
Scriptwriter ANTTI J. JOKINEN
Cinematographer MATTI EERIKÄINEN
Produced by Solar Films Inc.
Local Release 2016 Sep 30
Film Status Completed


  • World Premiere - Shanghai IFF 2016 (Best Director)
  • Official Selection - Nashville FF 2016 (Special Jury Prize for overall film aesthetics)

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