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  • Games People Play

  • Original Title:
  • Seurapeli
  • Screening Time:
  • Year:
  • 2020

  • An ensemble comedy about a group of old friends in their 30’s regressing to their teenage roles over a course of a weekend. A reunion takes place at a villa celebrating a surprise birthday party for Mitzi. The weekend starts ominously when it turns out that Mitzi has just divorced. The group’s confusion mounts when Mitzi’s best friend, the subject of Harde’s big love Veronika arrives with a new boyfriend, Mikael, a Swedish film star, whose presence undermines other men. Underlying tensions swarm, while the group continues its rituals: the lavish dinners, the sauna, the booze. A debate over the golden past grows into a game of the apocalypse as they establish a “new society”, each choosing their role in it. During this game, the fulfilled and unfulfilled loves are awakened and questioned.

    Director’s Statement: Games People Play is a slapstick/Chekhovian ensemble comedy with Nordic sensibility. I grew up in a working-class family and – thanks to the Finnish welfare state – spent my youth as a chameleon alongside kids from well-off cultural families. I’m more or less one of them now, but my background is crucial in how I see the world. When writing about class I believe it’s necessary to be very truthful and critical. The tone I am aiming for is a combination of ridicule with heart and darkness with warmth – a heartwarming satire if you wish.

  • Director:
  • Jenni Toivoniemi
  • Genre:
  • Comedy/Drama
  • Duration:
  • TBC
  • Status:
  • In Development
  • Country:
  • Finland, Sweden, Poland
  • Production Company:
  • Tuffi Films
    Venla Hellstedt
  • Sales Company:
  • New Europe Film Sales
  • About the Director:
    Jenni Toivoniemi has written and directed several shorts, plays and audioplays. Her shorts include The Committee (2016) that premiered in Locarno and The Date (2013) which received International Short Fiction Jury Award at Sundance and a Special Mention at Berlinale. Korso (2014), a feature film she co-wrote with Kirsikka Saari, premiered at Edinburgh FF.
  • « Back to Catalogue
  • Games People Play Image
  • Games People Play

  • Seurapeli
  • Year:
  • 2020

  • Director:
  • Jenni Toivoniemi
  • Genre:
  • Comedy/Drama
  • Duration:
  • TBC
  • Status:
  • In Development
  • Country:
  • Finland, Sweden, Poland
  • Production Company:
  • Tuffi Films
    Venla Hellstedt
  • Sales Company:
  • New Europe Film Sales
  • An ensemble comedy about a group of old friends in their 30’s regressing to their teenage roles over a course of a weekend. A reunion takes place at a villa celebrating a surprise birthday party for Mitzi. The weekend starts ominously when it turns out that Mitzi has just divorced. The group’s confusion mounts when Mitzi’s best friend, the subject of Harde’s big love Veronika arrives with a new boyfriend, Mikael, a Swedish film star, whose presence undermines other men. Underlying tensions swarm, while the group continues its rituals: the lavish dinners, the sauna, the booze. A debate over the golden past grows into a game of the apocalypse as they establish a “new society”, each choosing their role in it. During this game, the fulfilled and unfulfilled loves are awakened and questioned.

    Director’s Statement: Games People Play is a slapstick/Chekhovian ensemble comedy with Nordic sensibility. I grew up in a working-class family and – thanks to the Finnish welfare state – spent my youth as a chameleon alongside kids from well-off cultural families. I’m more or less one of them now, but my background is crucial in how I see the world. When writing about class I believe it’s necessary to be very truthful and critical. The tone I am aiming for is a combination of ridicule with heart and darkness with warmth – a heartwarming satire if you wish.

  • About the Director:
    Jenni Toivoniemi has written and directed several shorts, plays and audioplays. Her shorts include The Committee (2016) that premiered in Locarno and The Date (2013) which received International Short Fiction Jury Award at Sundance and a Special Mention at Berlinale. Korso (2014), a feature film she co-wrote with Kirsikka Saari, premiered at Edinburgh FF.