The documentary Hobbyhorse Revolution gets a wide release in Sweden

The documentary by Selma Vilhunen on young hobbyhorse enthusiasts opens in Sweden today on 46 cinema screens in 24 towns. The distribution is exceptionally wide for a Finnish film, especially for a documentary aimed at a young audience.

Folkets Bio, who also owns cinemas, distributes the film in Sweden. The film will be seen in the cinemas of the SF Bio chain as well.

Hobbyhorse Revolution has got excellent reviews in the Swedish press. Dagens Nyheter calls it the best documentary of the year and Sveriges Radio gives it five stars out of five.

Inspired by the film, Swedish hobbyhorseists will organize a flash mob on Swedish streets following the film’s premiere, on Satuday the 25th of November.

The film’s producers Venla Hellstedt and Elli Toivoniemi comment: “Although we have developed the film from the start with the international market in mind, we cannot deny we are thrilled by the international interest towards the film. It is extremely rewarding to see how Selma Vilhunen’s film has gotten wings underneath it and how the empowering story of young girls touches people all over the world.”

Hobbyhorsing as a further developed sport and hobby as we now know it, has been created by Finnish girls. Through Hobbyhorse Revolution, the well kept secret of thousands of girls reached general awareness worldwide. With the help of the film, the phenomena got covered in dozens of media outlets from the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian and le Monde to the YouTube channel of the Ellen DeGeneres show.

Hobbyhorse Revolution got theatrical distribution also in Denmark, where it opened on October 4th on 11 screens. Next the hobbyhorsing fever will spread to the Netherlands, where the doc will open in early 2018, distributed by Windmill Film. Film Rise will bring the film to North American screens next year. The international sales of the film are handled by First Hand Films.

The film had its international premiere at the Visions du Réel festival in Switzerland in April. In addition it has been screened at numerous festivals all over the world. The film was awarded with a historical double prize at the Tampere Film Festival in Finland in March, where it won the Risto Jarva prize as well as the domestic competition for long documentaries.

Hobbyhorse Revolution premiered in cinemas in Finland on March 31st and it was broadcast on Finnish Yle TV2 in October.

The film is an international coproduction with Bauta Film in Sweden and financed by the Finnish Film Foundation, Yle, AVEK, Nordic Film & TV Fund and in Sweden SVT, Filmpool Nord and Film i Västerbotten.

Director Selma Vilhunen’s short film Do I Have to Take Care of Everything was nominated for an Oscar in 2014. Her debut feature Little Wing premiered last year in Toronto and recently got the Nordic Council Film Prize. Hobbyhorse Revolution is her third feature documentary. Her second feature fiction Stupid Young Heart, produced by Tuffi Films, is currently in production.

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