My pictures of “Concrete Night” World Premiere Q&A at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival

On Saturday, September 7, 2013 I attended the gala World Premiere of Concrete Night (Betoniyö) at the Toronto International Film Festival. The screening took place at the elegant TIFF Bell Lightbox. The film was a selection in the Masters section.

Concrete Night is a shocking and provocative coming-of-age tale about a 14-year-old boy (Simo, played by newcomer Johannes Brotherus) uncovering uncomfortable truths about himself and the people around him. He shares a tiny Helsinki tower block apartment with his flighty family, including his party girl mother (Anneli Karppinen) and bad boy older brother Ikko (Jari Verman). One of the main themes is established early on as we see the teen looking at himself in a steamy bathroom mirror. Body image is not an unusual concern among adolescents but it’s clear that Simo’s obsession borders on narcissism (and the camera doesn’t flinch either). The taut narrative primarily follows Simo in the last 24 hours before Ikko heads off to prison. This may be his last chance to find himself while in the presence of the one male role model in his life who he trusts. He does have a best friend, and there is that odd man who lives across the way in the next building, but he’s torn between the known world in his head and the unknown one that surrounds him.

For more see my full-length review.

Director/co-writer Pirjo Honkasalo was brought onstage by TIFF International Programmer Steve Gravestock to introduce the film. They returned after the screening for a provocative and enlightening Q&A session.

Here are some pictures I shot during the intro and Q&A:

GALLERY (22 photos)


NOTE: I selected Concrete Night for my Toronto International Film Festival Top Picks.


Larry Richman

Larry Richman

For 20 years I was a professional in the entertainment industry, from commercial broadcast radio in America's fourth largest market to band management to record production. But my passion is independent film, and I spend much of the year traveling to film festivals to see indies and meet the actors, directors, and others responsible for creating them. I'm a writer, photographer, and videographer, currently serving as Senior Vice President for Media & Technology and Public Relations at PROnetworks as well as Editor at

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