The 3 Rooms of Melancholia

Documentary / Germany – Finland / 2004 / 85’

  • Author:Pirjo Honkasalo
  • Director:Pirjo Honkasalo
  • DOP:Pirjo Honkasalo
  • Editor:Tuija Kotamäki
  • World Sales:Deckert Distribution
  • Festivals:Venice IFF 2004 (The Human Rights Film Network Award, The Lina Mangiacapre Award and EIUC Special Mention), IDFA 2004, Sundance 2005, Hot Docs Toronto 2005, Yamagata IDF 2005

Because their parents are unable to resolve the war, a generation is rising marked by hate, despair and mourning. Against the background of the Chechen war the Finnish filmmaker Pirjio Honkasalo tells the story of Russian children who are being trained to be future heroes in a cadet academy and the story of a Chechen woman and her 57 children, orphans whom she saved from the devastated Grozny.

In co—production with Millennium Film (FI), Lisbet Gabrielsson Film (SE), Magic Hour Films (DK) and ZDF in association with arte, YLE (FI) and SVT (SE). Supported by Finnish Film Foundation, AVEK (FI), Swedish Filminstitute, Danish Filminstitute, Nordic Film & TV and the MEDIA Programme of the European Union.