Cinematographer Peter Flinckenberg is nominated for the American Society of Cinematographer’s (ASC) Spotlight Award for his work in Pirjo Honkasalo’s film Concrete Night. This is the first time a Finnish cinematographer and a film is nominated for ASC award, which is one of the most prominent cinematography acknowledgements in the world.
The American Society of Cinematographers was founded in 1919 and it awards cinematographers annually in various categories. The Spotlight category was founded last year and it is especially for films that have succeeded at international film festivals.
Peter Flinckenberg is one of the most talented Finnish cinematographers. He has shot several documentaries as well as short films and fiction. Flinckenberg shot the Finnish short film Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Short Film in 2014. His latest camera work include critically acclaimed documentary Pixadores (2014, director Amir Escandari), which premiered at 2014 IDFA. Flinckenberg was also awarded the Jussi Finnish Film Award for best cinematography for the Concrete Night. Currently he is nominated for the Jussi Award in cinematography forPixadores.
The film’s captivating B/W cinematography is an essential part of its visual style. The story board design was made by Peter Flinkenberg and the director Pirjo Honkasalo, who has shot her previous award-winning films herself and has an education as a cinematographer. The lighting designer Jani Lehtinen and the colour editor Jussi Myllyniemi have also contributed to the unique visual style of the film.
Concrete Night is based on Pirkko Saisio’s novel about the fragile mind of a young boy. The film was Finland’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards and was nominated for the Nordic Council Film Prize. The film, which was awarded six Jussi Finnish Film Awards last year, is still screening at international film festivals.
The US marketing campaign of Concrete Night has been supported by The Finnish Film Foundation and Ministry of Education and Culture with thefunds allocated for cultural export. Other partners have been Consulate General of Finland in Los Angeles and Favex (Finnish Film & Audiovisual Export).
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