Neither/Nor: Pirjo Honkasalo and The 3 Rooms of Melancholia

The Neither/Nor film series is True/False's annual exploration of groundbreaking work in nonfiction cinema. This year, our writer-in-residence Pamela Cohn focuses on Finnish filmmaker Pirjo Honkasalo and her Trilogy of the Sacred and the Satanic. This trilogy, which toured the film festival circuit in the 1990s and can only be seen in movie theaters, looks at spirituality in the contemporary world and asks if it's possible for a camera to document it. 

On opening night, Wednesday, February 27, we'll be hosting both Cohn and Honkasalo for a special screening of Honkasalo's 2004 masterpiece The 3 Rooms of Melancholia, the first film she directed after completing the trilogy. Divided into three episodes or 'rooms,' this stunning documentary reveals how the Chechen War has psychologically affected children. We will be presenting a beautiful new digital restoration of the film. The screening itself starts at 6:45pm. Come at 6pm for a free pre-film reception. And after the film ends, Honkasalo will be participate in a discussion with Cohn and the audience. Free!

"Magnificent. The movie is evidence that when a director-cinematographer with a poet's vision photographs the material world, ordinary human faces and landscapes can leave impressions that transcend any words that might describe them." (The New York Times)

"There is a much neglected and under seen film called The 3 Rooms of Melancholia by Pirjo Honkasalo. There is nothing better on war, in this case Chechnya, or more lyrical. It is a transcendent visual experience." (Omar Mullick, co-director, These Birds Walk)

"Honkasalo is a force -- fearless, intrepid, able to deeply penetrate secret worlds of ecstasy and grief in pure and glorious cinematic language. With three distinct locations, three distinct stories, she weaves an eerie and haunting tapestry of the human experience from childhood to old age -- and beyond. In my humble opinion, a modern masterpiece." (Pamela Cohn)

This year's Neither/Nor program is presented with the generous support of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Ragtag's Free Events Ticket Policy:

Tickets to free events are available at our box office starting at 12 noon the day of the show(unless otherwise noted). No more than four free tickets will be given to one person.

A free ticket guarantees you a seat until ten minutes before showtime and not after. If all tickets have been distributed and there are open seats at ten till, we will start seating the theater from the waiting list (queue). Ticket holders will continue to be admitted at this time if seats are available. This policy allows us to start on time and give the audience a distraction-free experience.

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Check out the other films in the Neither/Nor program. Those films are ticketed, free admission via the Q. See for details on the Q.