Pirjo Honkasalo

Pirjo Honkasalo

Finland

Biography

Pirjo Honkasalo is a highly established director, cinematographer and screenwriter, who has won countless awards for her work. She directed several feature films in the 1970’s and 80’s together with Pekka Lehto, e.g. FLAME TOP in Cannes competition 1980. In the 1990’s she continued alone and turned to feature documentaries, directing the prize winning The Trilogy of the Sacred and the Satanic (MYSTERION, TANJUSKA AND THE 7 DEVILS, ATMAN). She has also directed the stunningly beautiful THE 3 ROOMS OF MELANCHOLIA, a story of how Russian and Chechen children were psychologically affected by the war. The film is still one of the most award winning feature documentaries ever. She was then invited to Japan to direct a film in Tokyo coming out with her film ITO – A DIARY OF AN URBAN PRIEST. She has had well over twenty retrospectives of her work worldwide, acted as a member of several international juries and is actively giving international master classes. She is also Finland’s first female cinematographer to shoot a feature film. She both acts as director and cinematographer in each of her documentaries. With her film CONCRETE NIGHT she is back to feature fiction again.

Films Selection

  • Concrete Night - 2013
  • The 3 Rooms of Melancholia - 2004
  • Atman - 1997
  • Tanjuska and the 7 Devils - 1993
  • Mysterion - 1991
  • Flame Top - 1980