Games People Play


A comedy about the the tragedy of being forever young.

An old group of friends gathers to celebrate Mitzi’s surprise birthday party over a nostalgic weekend at an idyllic seaside villa - just like they used to do as teenagers. Familiar surroundings and the old rituals get to the core of the group and make them forget their adulthood. Revelations, not meant to harm the balance, make them reassess their past as well as their present.


A feature film. Duration 117 minutes. Premiere 1/2020. Content rating: Over 12 years.

Script, directing Jenni Toivoniemi Production Tuffi Films, Venla Hellstedt & Elli Toivoniemi Collaboration Helsinki Film Sound Ltd Cinematographer Jarmo Kiuru Editor Samu Heikkilä Production Design Milja Aho Costume Design Jouni Mervas Make-up Design Kata Launonen Funding Yle, The Finnish Film Foundation, Creative Europe Media Main cast Laura Birn, Emmi Parviainen, Paula Vesala, Iida-Maria Heinonen, Eero Milonoff, Christian Hillborg, Samuli Niittymäki, Paavo Kinnunen

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Jenni Toivoniemi took part in Cine Qua Non Lab in Mexico and Toronto Film Lab in 2017 with this project.

Festivals

Scandinavia House, USA, April 2021
D'A Film Festival, Barcelona, April 2021
Cleveland IFF, USA, April 2021
Sonoma International Film Indsutry, USA, March 2021
Nordic Bridge Film Festival, Brazil, March 2021
Nordic Lights FF, USA, March 2021
Victoria Film Festival, Canada, Feb 2021
Finnagora, Finnish Film Days, Hungary, Feb 2021
Lithuania Scanorama Film Forum, Lithuania, Nov 2020
Herzliya cinematheque, Israel, Nov 2020
Cork Film Festival, Ireland, Nov 2020
Nordische Filmtage Lubeck, Nov 2020
Riga International Film Festival, Latvia, Oct 2020
Devour! The Food Film Fest, Canda, Oct 2020
Moscow International Film Festival, Oct 2020
Cinefest Sudbury IFF, Canada, Sep 2020
The Norwegian Int. FF Haugesund, Norway, Aug 2020
FEST - New Directors New Films Festival, Aug 2020
Kiev Molodist International Film Festival, Ukraine, Aug 2020
The Stony Brook Film Festival, USA, July 2021
Festival of Tolerance - JFF, Croatia, July 2020
Gothenburg International Film Festival, Nordic Film competition, 2020

Awards

Baltic Film Prize, Nordische Filmtage Lubeck, 2020

Prize of the Friends of the Nordic Film Days Lubeck, Nordische Filmtage Lubeck, 2020