Monday, May 3 at 7:00 p.m., the Brooklyn Independent Cinema Series run by filmmaker, Joe Pacheco, will present this award-winning Finnish film at Barbès in Park Slope. This was the opening night film at the DocPoint festival in Helsinki last year, and had a very successful national theatrical run in its native land. They are currently looking for international distribution. Not only did I fall in love with the film, but also with its director/producer team, Jukka Kärkkäinen and Sami Jahnukainen (I know, those Finnish names are a killer), two young lads who have been known to do their Q&As in the nude, or to sing songs in response to difficult questions from the audience. These are filmmakers to watch (and not just for their shenanigans).
An homage to Swedish filmmaker Roy Andersson's Songs from the Second Floor, Living Room is a poetic tribute to every day Finns, six of whom are shown in captivity in their living rooms. Humorous, touching, irreverent and profound, the film is beautifully shot in wide-angle, static portraiture with the subjects (all men) acting out their stories in mini-passion plays. These are human stories of life changes, loneliness and the irrevocable passage of time. These men are in different phases of life, each of them looking for understanding and communion. You can watch the trailer here. The screening is free and you can drink booze while watching!