My Best Dox

The 3 Rooms of Melancholia

Pirjo Honkasalo
Screening time  
01.03. / Saturday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 4  
This award-winning, stunningly beautiful documentary reveals how the Chechen War has psychologically affected children in Russia and in Chechnya.

On the island of Kronstadt neat St. Petersburg, there is a military academy attended by cadets age 10 to 14. The academy teaches them to become obedient soldiers, loyal to their country and the Orthodox faith. In Grozny, the completely destroyed Chechen capital, the devoted humanitarian Hadijat Gatayeva is trying to help a mother of three: the women fell ill working in an oil plant and does not know what to do. A refugee camp in Ingushetia, a country bordering Chechnya, gave shelter to all those who survived the Russian invasion, however, Ingushetia just abolished their asylum because Russia is longer in war with Chechnya. In this triptych Finnish documentarian Pirjo Honkasalo subtly analyses the closed circuit of violence. The children educated to be soldiers will later commit crimes stimulated by those in power. In the final shots of her film, the director warns that the Chechen clash would never have happened had it not been a precious oil road which Russia does not want to give up.

Nenad Polimac

General sponsor

Melancholian 3 huonetta

Finland, Denmark, Germany, Sweden
2004, 106', video

Directed by:
Pirjo Honkasalo

Pirjo Honkasalo

Edited by:
Pirjo Honkasalo, Niels Pagh Andersen

Sanna Salmenkallio

Kristiina Pervilä

Produced by:
Millenium Film Oy

Festivals & Awards:

ZagrebDox 2005 – Big Stamp Award in the International Competition; International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam – IDFA 2004 – The Amnesty International – DOEN Award; CPH:DOX 2004 – CPH:DOX Award; Venice International Film Festival 2004 – The Human Rights Film Network Award; The Lina Mangiacapre Award and EIUC Special Mention; Full Frame 2005 – Seeds of War Award; DocAviv Tel Aviv 2005 – Special Mention in the category Best International Film; Prague One World Film Festival 2005 – Award for Best Director; Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2005 - FIPRESCI Prize; Nordisk Panorama Bergen 2005 – Finland's State Quality Award