The documentary film The Living Room of the Nation by director Jukka Kärkkäinen 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.
"Forget Nokia and innovation economy! The jury hereby demands that this film must from now on be used as the main tool for building the Brand Finland." -Tampere Film Festival 2009 Jury of the Finnish competition (Anni-Kristiina Juuso, Teemu Mäki, Shane Smith)-
"The Film is a small-scale collection of manifestations of Finnishness" -Erkko Lyytinen, artistic Director of DocPoint - Helsinki Documentary Film Festival
Duration: 1h 14min
Year of Completion: 2009
Country of Production: Finland
The Living Room of the Nation premieres in cinemas across Finland on September 11th 2009.
|Script:||Jukka Kärkkäinen and Sini Liimatainen|
|Cinematography:||J-P Passi and Jani Kumpulainen F.S.C.|
|Edit:||Timo Peltola and Jukka Kärkkäinen|
|Sound Design:||Tuomas Klaavo|
|Production:||Sami Jahnukainen / Mouka Filmi Oy|
|In Cooperation:||YLE TV2 Documentaries / Iikka Vehkalahti and Timo Korhonen|
|Production Support:||Finnish Film Foundation / Miia Haavisto and Elina Kivihalme|
|AVEK / Ulla Simonen and Pia Andell|
Finnish Cinema Distribution: Pirkanmaan Elokuvakeskus PEK
International Sales*: Deckert Distribution
*Excluding Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
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