Once I Dreamt of Life

Once I Dreamt of Life

Documentary film, 77′, 2014

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“When talking about suicide, one talks about life, not death.”


Every day in Finland alone, three people commit suicide. Thousands of people are affected by suicide yearly. Once I Dreamt of Life is a feature length documentary film about suicide — a subject that people rarely want to talk about. It’s an account about one’s personal relation to suicide, but also studies suicide as a social phenomena: What are the motives, warning signs and consequences?


More information www.onceidreamtoflife.com


Directors Jukka Kärkkäinen, Sini Liimatainen

Animation Director Gregor Dashuber

Script Jukka Kärkkäinen, Sini Liimatainen, Sami Jahnukainen

Cinematography J-P Passi

Editing Illusia Sarvas, Timo Peltola

Dramaturgy David Wingate, Magnus Gertten

Sound Design Michał Krajczok

Music Conny Malmqvist

Animations Talking Animals Animation Studio

Producer Sami Jahnukainen / Mouka Filmi

In Co-production with

Dagmar Jacobsen / Alias Film

Lennart Ström & Magnus Gertten / Auto Images

Joakim Strand / Film i Skåne

In Association with 

Yle / Iikka Vehkalahti & Erkki Astala

ZDF Arte / Susanne Mertens

VPRO / Barbara Truyen

UR / Daniel Pynnönen

Lichtpunt / Wim van Rompaey

With Support from 

The Finnish Film Foundation / Elina Kivihalme & Miia Haavisto

AVEK / Timo Korhonen

The Swedish Film Institute / Cecilia Lidin

Nordisk Film & TV Fond / Karolina Lidin

Developed and distributed with the support of the European Union MEDIA Programme




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