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3 Rooms of Melancholia, Sun October 29
2006, 7:00 & 9:15

A searing examination of the unrelenting Chechen conflict

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3 Rooms of Melancholia shows at IFS on Sun October 29, 2006, 7:00 & 9:15

3 Rooms of Melancholia
A searing examination of the unrelenting Chechen conflict
Sun October 29
2006, 7:00 & 9:15

Prijo Honkasalo's elegiac documentary depicting the lives of children victimized by the Chechen conflict achieves its power largely through images. Composed of three nearly wordless chapters, "The 3 Rooms of Melancholia" superbly conveys its themes of despair and lost opportunities. The beautifully photographed film, an award winner at numerous festivals, is receiving its U.S. theatrical premiere at New York's Film Forum.

The first section, "Longing," deals with the Kronstadt Cadet Academy, a military school near St. Petersburg populated by about 600 students, some as young as 9 years old. The second section, "Breathing," is an impressionistic portrait of Grozny, the Chechen capital, a city reduced to rubble and ruin by the endless fighting. The climactic section, "Remembering," presents portrait of various children in orphanages and refugee camps, including a young woman who was raped by Russian soldiers at the age of 12 and a boy who was found living in a cardboard box.

Featuring a haunting musical score by Sanna Solmenkallio, the film concentrates heavily on lingering close-ups of the suffering children's faces, as well as numerous lengthy shots of the stark landscapes. Although these images have an undeniably unsettling power, they do tend to lose impact with repetition, and the film would gain power with some judicious cutting. Nonetheless, it is a pertinent reminder of the timeless horrors of war. (F. Scheck, Hollywood Reporter)

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Tickets

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$9 general admission. $7 w/UCB student ID, $7 for senior citizens
$1 discount to anyone with a bike helmet
Free on your birthday! CU Cinema Studies students get in free.

Parking

Pay lot 360 (now only $1/hour!), across from the buffalo statue and next to the Duane Physics tower, is closest to Muenzinger. Free parking can be found after 5pm at the meters along Colorado Ave east of Folsom stadium and along University Ave west of Macky.

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Established 1941 by James Sandoe.

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Established 1955 by Carla Selby, Gladney Oakley, Bruce Conner and Stan Brakhage.

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First offered degrees in filmmaking and critical studies in 1989 under the guidance of Virgil Grillo.

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