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'Conductivity' premiers nationwide in February 2020

2019-11-14T12:35:02Z

A documentary film CONDUCTIVITY, directed by Anna-Karin Grönroos, will have it’s national premiere in early February.

Conductivity is a film about creative leadership told through the story of three young conductors at the prestigious Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland; I-Han Fu (Taiwan), Emilia Hoving (Finland) and James Kahane (France). When stepping on the podium, they are put under a magnifying glass. Conductor training, in essence, is leadership training. The film gives a unique viewpoint to follow the students, as this is the first film about conductor training at the Sibelius Academy.

Direction Anna-Karin Grönroos Script Anna-Karin Grönroos Cinematography Mika Mattila Editing Okku Nuutilainen Sound Design Tuomas Klaavo Composer Salla Luhtala Cast Emilia Hoving, I-Han Fu, James Kahane, Atso Almila, Susanna Mälkki, Hannu Lintu Production Tuffi Films / Venla Hellstedt


'Stupid Young Heart' wins at Nordic Films Days Lübeck and at Filem'On Belgium

2019-11-04T10:00:00Z

STUPID YOUNG HEART by director Selma Vilhunen and screenwriter Kirsikka Saari was awarded with the Children's and Youth Film Award at the Nordic Film Days in Lübeck on Saturday November 2, 2019. The prize is endowed with 5000 euros.

On the same weekend the film went on to winning the Teen Screen Award at the Filem'On International Film Festival For Young Audiences in Brussels, Belgium. The jury's statement says that the film is "a really well made touching movie with profound and very relatable characters. The storyline gave us a good insight into the world of teenagers and their problems. Although it was an emotional and hard movie, it had some funny aspects in it as well."


'Force of Habit' trailer and official poster released

2019-07-24T11:28:22Z

The trailer and official poster for FORCE OF HABIT (orig. Tottumiskysymys) have been released. A film by seven directors shows us moments in women’s lives that usually remain hidden. Force of Habit will have its national premiere on Friday September 27.

Force of Habit follows the lives of various women throughout one day. Hilla is having a romantic vacation, Emmi is throwing a house party, and Milja is on her way to school when they’re approached by a stranger and things take an unexpected turn. At the same time, Emppu, a young actress, is conflicted as she rehearses for the biggest role of her life. Elsewhere, Aleksi, an inexperienced prosecutor, is preparing for his first court case in haste; Niina, the victim of the crime, has been waiting years to see her case tried. Miia throws a company party, and the mood dramatically changes when her colleague Katja opens up about their boss coming on to her. Miia and a couple of her closest colleagues try to resolve the situation, but how do the others react?

Force of Habit will show you your everyday life in a new light, seen from a fresh viewpoint. The absurd humor of the film will make you laugh and cry: is it really possible that these things happen all around us?

The trailer is accompanied with a song by the legendary Finnish artist Kikka.

Force of Habit cast includes dozens of Finnish actors from long line professionals to ones making their acting debut in the film. The main characters are played by (order of appearance) Pinja Sanaksenaho, Julia Lappalainen, Krista Kosonen, Eero Ritala, Suvi Blick, Joonas Snellman, Seidi Haarla, Pirjo Lonka, Johannes Holopainen and Lotta Kaihua.

Other actors in the film include (alphabetical order) Veikko Aalste, Teemu Aromaa, Tommi Eronen, Joel Hirvonen, Leo Honkonen, Niina Hosiaisluoma, Nelli Juusela, Ona Kamu, Ria Kataja, Elina Knihtilä, Tommi Korpela, Usva Kärnä, Ella Lahdenmäki, Samuli Niittymäki, Fanni Noroila, Chike Ohanwe, Kati Outinen, Jarkko Pajunen, Jussi Sorjanen and Minna Suuronen.

In addition to producer-writer Elli Toivoniemi and director-writer Kirsikka Saari, the list of Force of Habit director-writers includes Finnish cinema’s notable names Anna Paavilainen, Alli Haapasalo, Reetta Aalto, Jenni Toivoniemi and Miia Tervo.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND INTERVIEW REQUESTS tottumiskysymys@tuffifilms.com


Seven directors’ anthology film 'Force of Habit' offers a fresh viewpoint with absurd humor

2019-07-10T11:37:23Z

Tuffi Films’ next theatrical release is an anthology film FORCE OF HABIT, which premiers nationwide on September 27. A film by seven directors shows us moments in women’s lives that usually remain hidden.

For producer-writer Elli Toivoniemi and director-writer Kirsikka Saari Force of Habit is one the most important projects of their careers. The other five director-writers of the film are Finnish cinema’s notable names Anna Paavilainen, Alli Haapasalo, Reetta Aalto, Jenni Toivoniemi and Miia Tervo.

Force of Habit cast includes dozens of Finnish actors from long line professionals such as Krista Kosonen, Eero Ritala and Johannes Holopainen to ones making their debut on the big screen, like a YouTube star Pinja Sanaksenaho.

Force of Habit follows the lives of various women throughout one day. Hilla is having a romantic vacation, Emmi is throwing a house party, and Milja is on her way to school when they’re approached by a stranger and things take an unexpected turn. At the same time, Emppu, a young actress, is conflicted as she rehearses for the biggest role of her life. Elsewhere, Aleksi, an inexperienced prosecutor, is preparing for his first court case in haste; Niina, the victim of the crime, has been waiting years to see her case tried. Miia throws a company party, and the mood dramatically changes when her colleague Katja opens up about their boss coming on to her. Miia and a couple of her closest colleagues try to resolve the situation, but how do the others react?

The stories are based on real-life experiences and observations of the director-writers. The film dives into the core of realism and heavy subjects, but does so with wit and pungent humor. Force of Habit will show you your everyday life in a new light, seen from a fresh viewpoint. The absurd humor of the film will make you laugh and cry: is it really possible that these things happen all around us?

The main themes of the film are power and all of us different people — men and women, youth and adults. We have made a habit of seeing some things as normal that after further exploration turn out to be absurd. However, we can only change the things that we see.

There are seven director-writers behind the film: Kirsikka Saari, Elli Toivoniemi, Anna Paavilainen, Alli Haapasalo, Reetta Aalto, Jenni Toivoniemi and Miia Tervo. Jussi Award winner and Academy Award nominee Kirsikka Saari (i.a. Stupid Young Heart, 2018, and Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?, 2012) wrote the script for the feature film based on the short films. Saari and award-winning producer, Jussi Award nominee Elli Toivoniemi are behind the direction for the feature film in collaboration with the short film directors Haapasalo, Paavilainen, Aalto, J. Toivoniemi and Tervo. The producer behind the anthology film is Tuffi Films’ Elli Toivoniemi (i.a. Stupid Young Heart, 2018, Korso, 2014, Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?, 2012).


In the works: Emmi Parviainen, Laura Birn and Paula Vesala star in the comedy ‘Games People Play’

2019-07-09T11:30:45Z

Written and directed by Jenni Toivoniemi, GAMES PEOPLE PLAY is a comedy about friendship, love and the end of adolescence. The film stars Emmi Parviainen, Laura Birn, Samuli Niittymäki, Eero Milonoff, Christian Hillborg, Iida-Maria Heinonen, Paula Vesala and Paavo Kinnunen. Games People Play is currently being shot and is scheduled to premier in 2020.

A group of friends get together for a nostalgic weekend in a seaside villa to celebrate Mitzi’s (Emmi Parviainen) birthday. What the others don’t know is that Mitzi is in the midst of a breakup and she is not excited about the surprise party. The tension builds up even more when Mitzi’s best friend Veronika (Laura Birn) arrives with her new boyfriend, who happens to be a Swedish Hollywood star. Mitzi’s personal crisis drives her to kick off a game that suddenly brings up the old power dynamics and relationships of the group. In the end, the desperate role players don’t know anymore who was in love with whom and who they should share their beds with.

Games People Play is writer-director Jenni Toivoniemi’s first feature film: “Games People Play is based on my observations in the priviledge and burden that belonging in a group creates, especially when it comes to a close-knit group of friends that have known each other for a long time. It is like a family both in good and in bad. Actually it is even more than that, because we believe that one can choose their friends.”

Toivoniemi is fascinated by eternal youth and yearning for nostalgia. “People’s tendency to long for nostalgia and regression in my generation interests me - as does the concept of everlasting youth that many of us seem to be living. This reluctance to grow up is often frowned upon, but I personally have warm feelings towards the idea. At some point, most of us come to the realisation that there is no adulthood, you just learn to fake it. Refusing this agreement could also be seen as bravery.”

Additional information: Tuffi Films, producer Venla Hellstedt, 040 930 9905, venla@tuffifilms.com

Nordisk Film, publicist Katja Viitalähde-Annala, 050 3956084, katja.viitalahde@nordiskfilm.com


Tuffi Films shoots two feature films, documentary and a tv-series

2019-06-07T11:34:00Z

Tuffi Films projects childrens film SIHJA - FLY WITH ME, feature film GAMES PEOPLE PLAY, documentary HERE BE MONSTERS and comedy series CARPE FCKIN DIEM! received a production support from Finnish Film Foundation in June. Also Israelian documentary which is minority co-produced by Tuffi Films received a productions support.

The feature film Games People Play will be shot in summer 2019. The film will be distributed by Nordisk Film and Finnish Broadcasting Company. Games People Played is a comedy about the the tragedy of eternal youth. -I’m really excited to make my first feature film with this really great ensemble of actors tell screenwriter and director Jenni Toivoniemi.

Marja Pyykkö directs childrens feature film Sihja – Fly With Me during early fall 2019. The screewriters of the film are Kirsikka Saari and Jenni Toivoniemi. The film is co-produced by Dutch Company Windmill Film and Norwegian Den Siste Skilling. The film will be distributed by SF Studios and Finnish Broadcasting Company. Sihja – Fly With Me is a story of friendship between an unusual ferry and a kind boy. -Directing a childrens film has been a dream of mine for a long time. The original script is very functional and comedic and it’s themes handles things such as being different, the relation of order and chaos and nature. This will be an exciting professional challenge and I’m very looking forward to start working with this productions says director Marja Pyykkö.

The Documentary film Here Be Monsters is directed by Anna Antsalo as her first long film. Lost Childhood will be directed by David Waschmann and the main producer is Gum Films. Both of the documentaries are distributed by Finnish Broadcasting Company.

Tuffi Films first comedy series Carpe Fcking Diem! will be shot at the end of summer 2019. It will have it’s premiere on C More on spring 2020 and later on MTV3. The screenplay is from Kirsikka Saari and Jenni Toivoniemi and it will be directed by Kirsikka Saari and Selma Vilhunen. The series is described as A sassy comedy series for smart women who need a laugh.

In fall 2019 Tuffi Films also distributes it’s own production Force of Habit which is a collaboration of seven female directors (Kirsikka Saari, Elli Toivoniemi, Alli Haapasalo, Anna Paavilainen, Reetta Aalto,Jenni Toivoniemi and Miia Tervo). The Force of Habit is part of a shot film series One-Off-Incident which will be published in winter 2020.