Finland Gets Edgy With Drug Thriller 8 BALL

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Finland has, in many ways, felt a bit like the socially outcast step child in the current wave of Nordic crime films. Which makes sense, in a way, given that Finland is the one non-Scandinavian country in the region and quite distinct culturally - Finnish as a language is actually much closer to Estonian and Hungarian - but they're giving the genre their own distinct spin with upcoming drug thriller 8 Ball.

Directed by Aku Louhimies and backed by Blind Spot Pictures (Iron Sky) and Mjolk, 8 Ball looks to be a more encompassing view of the narcotic underground than normal, one that includes not only gangsters and guns but also addicts and their families in a package that promises to be edgy and provocative in a way we haven't seen out of the region since the Pusher films and Ole Christian Madsen's Angels In Fast Motion (Nordkraft). Jessica Grabowsky, Eero Aho, Pirkka-Pekka Petelius, and Mikko Leppilampi star.

Check the trailer below.
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  • Lazarus

    There are actually other quite nice crime thrillers from Finland. See, for example, Raid

    You may also want to see the preceding TV series. although it is not required. They both may be quite difficult to acquire :).

  • Elia StKarene

    Fantastic trailer. As much as I love Hong Kong/Chinese cinema I can't stand their trailers. This trailer is intense, wired, and smooth all at once. Just like a drug trip. Hope that means the end isn't a hard come down. Looking forward to this.

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