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Documentary Award to Finnish Film

Finnish director Pirjo Honkasalo has won the main prize at the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival for her film, "The Three Rooms of Melancholia". She shared the prize with an Austrian documentary.

Honkasalo's "The Three Rooms of Melancholia" compares the lives of 9 to 15-year-old boys in St. Petersburg with that of their Chechen peers. It was shot in Russia, Chechnya and Ingushetia.

The film is divided into three parts. In the first "room", Honkasalo follows the life of young boys at a military school in St. Petersburg. They are mainly from dysfunctional families and unwillingly under the disciplinarian regime.

The second part looks at the harsh reality of residents of war-torn Groznyi.

For the third part, Honkasalo crosses the border into Ingushetia and witnesses the everyday stark existence of children in a refugee camp.

In September, "The Three Rooms of Melancholia" won the Human Rights Film Network Award at the Venice International Film Festival in Italy.

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