The Living Room of the Nation
The Living Room of the Nation

The Living Room of the Nation

Director Jukka Kärkkäinen

Production year 2009

Length 74min.

Country Finland


The film presents a number of Finnish living rooms. It is a story about change, the inevitable passage of time, and the human desire to be needed and visible. The living room is the centre of the home, where one can relax and feel at ease. The film vividly portrays their inhabitants: grandfather’s wall clock and a 1980s-style sofa and armchairs in one room and a shabby rug and a welding machine serving as a TV table in another, set the stage for everyday drama. The film provides the viewer with a panorama of Finnish society. The main characters are ordinary Finnish people in various stages of their life. The particular experiences of various individuals create a collage of humanity and vital spaces.


Special Prize | Tampere International Short FF, Finland, 2009

Honorary Mention of the Jury | DOK Leipzig IF, Germany, 2009

Best Documentary Film | Jussi Awards, Finland, 2010


Jukka Kärkkäinen
Jukka Kärkkäinen



Sami Jahnukainen


Jukka Kärkkäinen, Sini Liimatainen, Jani Kumpulainen, Sami Jahnukainen

Director of Photography

J.- P. Passi, Jani Kumpulainen, Jukka Kärkkäinen, Sini Liimatainen, Mika Kamula


Tuomas Klaavo


Timo Peltola, Jukka Kärkkäinen

Production company(ies)

Mouka Filmi

Jukka Kärkkäinen

Born 1972, Kerava, Finland. He has been writing and directing documentary films since 2003. He is also a co-founder of the production company Mouka Filmi.


On a Pilgrimage (2003), Zetor – Born Free (2005), The Farewell (2006), The Smoking Room (2006), Tomorrow was Yesterday (2009), The Living Room of the Nation (2009), Do You Still Remember Hilma Limperi? (2009)

FILMS 2010