The Yearning Room

By Minka Jakerson


Anna: Cornelia Coon
JULIA: Hanna Bedö
OLLE: David Lindström
JOHAN: Gustav Hyllstam


Director / Scriptwriter: Minka Jakerson
Director of Photography: Sophia Olsson
Producer: Annika Hellström, Cinenic Film
Artdirector: Erika von Weissenberg
Sound: Henric Ohlin
Editor: Björn Kessler
Original music: Salome Kent


Title: The Yearning Room
Swedish title: The Yearning Room
Production country: Sweden
Production year: 2013
Genre: Short fiction
Production company: Cinenic Film
With support from: Svenska Filminstitutet, Film i Väst, Konstnärsnämnden, Film i Halland, Shoot & Post, Cloudberry Sound

Running time: 22:30 min
Frames per second: 25 (DCP 24)
Available formats: DCP / HD Cam
Aspect ratio: 1:1.85
Sound: Stereo / 5.1 mix
Dialogue: Swedish
Subtitles: English

Generation 14plus competition of the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival 2013
and Göteborg Filmfestival 2013

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Photographer Sophia Olsson

By Minka Jakerson

The Yearning Room

The Yearning Room is a romantic sex mystery that explores the boundaries between the body and the surrounding world. Anne spends the summer at her friend Julia’s summer house. This is the summer that Anne meets Olle. This is the summer that Julia betrays her. This is the summer that Anne commits the crime. Or was it an accident? A dream? As Julia’s disloyalty grows on Anne, her need of restoration is awakened. Somewhere between fantasy and reality, Anne regains her sense of self in the present.

Directors Comment
I believe that certain narratives leave an imprint on our most private sphere. Romance tells us that our central measure of self-being is to be desirable for someone else. Traditionally the woman prepares and then she waits. This waiting is a state of readiness, an anticipation of fulfillment. By using a cinematic language that resembles that which is really being scrutinized, I hope that The Yearning Room will create a tension between distance and empathy.