Stupid Young Heart, produced by Venla Hellstedt and Elli Toivoniemi for Tuffi Films, has been selected to Berlinale’s Generation 14plus competition. The section features films for young audiences.
Stupid Young Heart is a naturalistic drama about two teenagers Kiira and Lenni (Rosa Honkonen and Jere Ristseppä) in the suburbs of Helsinki who suddenly find themselves expecting a baby. The situation becomes even more complicated as Lenni is drawn to a gang of right-wing extremists of his neighborhood.
Both Vilhunen and Saari are happy that the film is shown in Generation which typically gathers large audiences of teenagers. The film premiered in Finland in October and has gained over 65,000 admissions already.
Selma Vilhunen is known for her Oscar nominated short film Do I Have to Take Care of Everything? (2012), Nordic Council Film Prize winning debut feature Little Wing (2016), and EFA Young Audience Award nominated documentary feature Hobbyhorse Revolution (2017).
The Finnish Film Foundation has granted a production support for Metoo film which is part of the One-off Incident Film Project. Metoo a multiplot feature film combining stories of six different women and showing how community protects itself against the ones claiming their rights.
The film is directed by Kirsikka Saari, Elli Toivoniemi, Reetta Aalto, Alli Haapasalo, Anna Paavilainen, Miia Tervo ja Jenni Toivoniemi. The premiere is set for the fall 2019.
The film is co-produced by [sic] film (Sweden). One of the [sic] film’s latest short films, The Turk Shop premiered at Sundance Film Festival this year.
One-off Incident discloses and deconstructs the invisible exercise of power towards women, in private lives as well as in the society.
Never Again documentary film, directed by Aino Suni, has its premiere on the 28th of September, at the Helsinki International Film Festival.
On the same day starts the Never Again -campaign directed to especially young women who have experienced violence in their relationships. The campaign tours in the cities of Finland and includes screenings of the Never Again film, concerts, workshops and discussion panels. The goal of the campaign is to help young women recognize the violence in their relationships, and give them the tools to find help.
Selma Vilhunen's film Stupid Young Heart will premiere in the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2018.
When carefree, young Lenni and his girlfriend find themselves expecting a child, he ends up looking for a role model in all the wrong places as he becomes involved with local right-wing activists.
Cast: Jere Ristseppä, Rosa Honkonen, Pihla Viitala, Ville Haapasalo, Katja Küttner. Script by Kirsikka Saari, producers Elli Toivoniemi & Venla Hellstedt.
Tuffi Films aims at reflecting the diversity of the Finnish and the wider society both in front and behind the camera and is committed to advancing better working methods in the film industry.
In the light of the recent public discussion, we have realised that we need to write these aims down and commit to them publicly. This is why we have created an action plan for equality, which will be delivered to everybody working with us or for us and to all our business partners.
We encourage everyone who works with us currently, or has worked for us in the past, to suggest additions or corrections to the plan, to ensure the well being of all parties.
We recognize, that in order to reach equality, Tuffi Films needs to engage in an on-going and sometimes critical re-evaluation of our own practices. We hope that other production houses and financiers will also take the steps needed to conquer inequality in our industry.
• Tuffi Films commits to creating an equal and respectful culture at the workplace. Everyone has the right to work in safety and peace. People in powerful positions are expected to behave with the utmost responsibility. • We aim at creating productions that project the diversity of our society both in front of and behind the camera.
• Tuffi Films publishes open posts, so that a wide variety of candidates have the possibility to apply for them.
• If two candidates are equal, we will favor the gender that is underrepresented in the position in question.
• Tuffi Films commits to the instructions made by Finnish film and TV organizations to prevent sexual harassment (02/2018). These instructions will be delivered to each employee. The Tuffi Films management will go through the shared rules in every production. Each production has an appointed person to inform about possible violations of these common rules. He/she writes down every case and brings it to the management. The management will deal with the issue according to the before mentioned instructions and take the necessary steps. The consequences can be, depending on the case, warning after a discussion, ending the employment contract and/or taking the case to the public authorities. This includes all forms of harassment, inappropriate behaviour and misuse of authority.
• We recognise that in filmmaking there are situations and assignments that need special protection. Art can never be an excuse for sexual or other types of harassment. For example acting is physical and intimate work and therefore requires extra protection from the employer.
• We also want to make sure that especially the employees and interns in the beginning of their careers as well as people coming from outside the industry will receive enough information about their rights and that their work assignments are appropriate. Employees just entering the industry do not necessarily know common practices or belong to the unions, so they will be especially supervised when needed.
• We commit to further educate ourselves in how to prevent harassment and discrimination.
• This plan will be continually updated and revised.
Tuffi Films production, the documentary film Hobbyhorse Revolution directed by Selma Vilhunen, has been selected of one of only three nominees in the EFA Youth Audience Award.
An international youth jury will vote for the winner on 6th May 2018 in screenings organized by EFA across 36 cities in Europe and beyond.
Hobbyhorse Revolution is a funny and moving documentary about teenagers with growing pains who discover their own voice and talent through making and riding hobbyhorses. It is produced by Tuffi’s Elli Toivoniemi and Venla Hellstedt and has been distributed in cinemas in Finland, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands. North American distribution will commence in the Spring 2018.
The film has been nominated in the ‘Best Documentary’ category in the national film awards in Finland. The Finnish Cultural Foundation awarded the Director Selma Vilhunen with a Grand Prix for significant cultural achievements in February 2018. Vilhunen received the Nordic Council Film Prize in 2017 for her debut feature Little Wing. Vilhunen’s short fiction Do I Have to Take Care of Everything? was an Oscar-nominee in 2014.
Hobbyhorse Revolution is a co-production with Bautafilm, Sweden and has been financed by the Finnish Film Foundation, Avek, The Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle, Nordic Film & TV Fund, SVT, The Swedish Film Institute, Filmpool Nord and Film i Västerbotten.
EFA press release: https://www.europeanfilmawards.eu/en_EN/efa-yaa-2018 Hobbyhorse Revolution trailer: http://bit.ly/2lCLvGd