The Living Room of the Nation / Kansakunnan olohuone

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.



Country of Production

Year of Production

Digi Beta Pal

Jukka Kärkkänen

Mouka Filmi Oy in co-production with YLE

Original Language


Festivals / Awards

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