Flowers of Evil competing in the Shanghai International Film Festival

The boom of Nordic film in China has continued with the Finnish film Flowers of Evil set to compete in the Shanghai International Film Festival.

Directed by Antti J. Jokinen, Flowers of Evil is a street gang drama set in suburban Helsinki. The film features predominantly non-professional actors and will be released domestically on the 30th of September this year.

This is not the first time Jokinen has been in China’s top film festival – last year his Midwife won Best Actress Award for Krista Kosonen.

Also competing in the official competition is Ulrich Thomsen’s directorial debut, In Embryo. This US/Danish co-production follows a drug dealer who falls in love with a herroin addict.

The Girl Who Saved My Life will be screened in the documentary competition programme. Directed by Swede Hogir Hirori, the documentary follows refugees fleeing war-struck Iraqi Kurdistan.

The Finnish documentary Tale of a Lake will also be screened at the festival.

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.