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The Living Room of the Nation

  • Finland
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Jukka Kärkkäinen’s documentary film THE LIVING ROOM OF THE NATION opens a poetic, portrait-like view into six Finnish living rooms. The film is a story of changes, loneliness, responsibilities and the unavoidable passing of time.
The main characters are common Finnish people in different phases of life. Each of them is looking for something: human closeness, understanding or acceptance. The scale of events varies, but even as small and familiar they position the characters into dramatic situations. These individual everyday experiences converge into a sensitive and momentarily surreal story of human life.


  • Original title
    The Living Room of the Nation
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Jukka Kärkkäinen and Sini Liimatainen
  • Dir. of Photo.
    J-P Passi and Jani Kumpulainen F.S.C.
  • Editing
    Timo Peltola and Jukka Kärkkäinen
  • Sound
    Tuomas Klaavo
  • Duration
    79 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Finland
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
      • Mouka Filmi Oy in co-production with YLE
  • Festivals
    • DocPoint Helsinki IDF 2009
    • Tampere ISFF 2009 (Spezial Prize)
    • Planete Doc Review Warsaw 2009
    • Transilvania IFF Cluj-Napoca 2009
    • Documentarist – Istanbul Documentary Days 2009
    • Nordisk Panorama Reykjavík 2009
    • Perm IDF “Flahertiana” 2009
    • DOK Leipzig 2009 (Honorable Mention)
    • Sheffield Doc/Fest 2009
    • Tromso IFF 2010
    • Thessaloniki IDF 2010
    • SXSW Film Festival Austin 2010
    • Flatpack FF Birmingham 2010
    • Docudays Kiev 2010
    • BelDocs 2010
    • Dokfilmwoche Hamburg 2010
    • Belfast FF 2010
    • Volda IDF 2010
    • DOK.fest Munich 2010
    • Silverdocs IDF 2010
    • Golden Apricot IFF Yerevan 2010
    • Calgary IFF 2010
    • Finnish Jussi Award for Best Documentary Film 2010


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