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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 08.20.13] Finland drama

Finish director Pirjo Honkasalo has been working almost exclusively on documentaries over the last decade having directed her last feature film in 1998, but this year she's making the return to dramatic fare in a big way.

Concrete Night is Honkasalo's adaptation of Pirkko Saisio's 30 year old novel about brotherhood and the loss of innocence. It unfolds over the course of an evening as 14-year-old boy named Simo shares one final night of freedom with his older brother Ilkka, Simo's closest resemblance to a father figure, before he is sent to jail to serve a six month term for drug dealing.

Though we don't see it in this stunningly stark first trailer for the movie, the night ends in disaster as Simo tries to emulate his brother's violent ways to terrible results. What is apparent here, impressive considering it does so in only 60 seconds, is a nagging feeling of oppression and dread.

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