BIFF 2021: 20.-28. oktober
Cinema Extraordinaire
Dom durakov

House of Fools

ORIGINAL TITLE:
Dom durakov
Russland / Frankrike / 2002 / 104 min
DIRECTOR:
Andrej Kontsjalovskij

In 1996, during the first Chechen war, a psychiatric hospital is located near the border. Janna and her fellow inmates live their lives unaware of the coming events, but they are bewildered when the train that delights them each night does not pass by. The following morning, the medical staff has vanished. Chaos breaks out: some decide to leave, but the sound of nearby bombing sends them back to what they recognize as home. Janna finds refuge in a dream world with her accordion and the songs of Bryan Adams. When a group of soldiers settle in the hospital, Janna falls in love with one: but she’s afraid to break Bryan Adams’ heart if she marries him. When Russian troops bring war to the asylum, all Janna can do is play her accordion and pray for peace to return.

Andrej Kontsjalovskij