2019 | 7–19 min (11 episodes)
  • drama ,
  • Short films

Force of Habit (anthology)



Force of Habit is an anthology of 11 episodes and a feature film made by fifteen filmmakers, artists, scientists and social influencers. The episodes bring forth the invisible exercise of power towards women in their private lives as well as in society.

Episode titles:
A Stop, No Big Deal, Boudoir, Play Rape, Girl Thing, Fat, Festive Spirit, It’s All Right, Dream Job, Shake!, Let Her Speak

DIRECTORS: Reetta Aalto, Tine Alavi, Alli Haapasalo, Ulla Heikkilä, Sonya Lindfors, Inari Niemi, Anna Paavilainen, Kirsikka Saari, Aino Suni, Miia Tervo, Elli Toivoniemi, Jenni Toivoniemi
SCREENWRITERS: Reetta Aalto, Maryan Abdulkarim, Alli Haapasalo, Sonya Lindfors, Inari Niemi, Raisa Omaheimo, Anna Paavilainen, Kirsikka Saari, Saara Särmä, Miia Tervo, Elli Toivoniemi, Jenni Toivoniemi
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Päivi Kettunen, Jarmo Kiuru, Kerttu Hakkarainen
CAST: Krista Kosonen, Eero Ritala, Elina Knihtilä, Tommi Eronen, Juho Milonoff, Johannes Holopainen, Pinja Sanaksenaho
PRODUCERS: Elli Toivoniemi, Sanna Kultanen
PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Tuffi Films, [sic] film
SALES: Totem Films


Aino Suni

(b. 1985) is Finnish director and screenwriter. She has a Master’s degree in Film Screenwriting from University of Salford, UK. Suni’s short film Wolf Carver was selected to Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival 2012.

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Anna Paavilainen

is a director, writer and actor. Her breakthrough performance as an actor was in Zaida Bergroth's The Good Son (2011) for which she was nominated for The Jussi Prize. After several theatre, film and TV roles, she moved to Sweden to study at Stockholms Filmskola. Play Rape, monologue play written, directed and performed by Paavilainen was received with generous reviews.

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Elli Toivoniemi

is the co-founder-owner and the head producer of Tuffi Films. She has produced over 20 films in all forms and lengths, among them the Academy Award nominated short fiction Do I Have to Take Care of Everything? Toivoniemi’s first short fiction film as a director, Role, had its world premiere in Locarno in 2014.

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Inari Niemi

(b. 1978) studied in Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Science, graduating in 2010. She has directed several short films and her first feature length documentary was Robin The Movie, about a Finnish teenage pop sensation Robin Packalen. Her first fictional feature films were Summertime and Wonderland.

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Jenni Toivoniemi

(b. 1978) is a writer-director. Her short comedy The Date (2012), was awarded at the Sundance Film Festival and at the Berlinale Generation 14+. Her other short films include The Committee (2016, with Gunhild Enger) and The Door (2017). Toivoniemi has written the feature film Korso (2014) together with Kirsikka Saari and their latest collaboration, children’s film Sihja, will premiere in 2020. Toivoniemi was also part of the writer-director team of Force of Habit (2019).

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Kirsikka Saari

(b. 1973) is a screenwriter and director living in Helsinki. She was Oscar nominated as a screenwriter for the short film Do I Have to Take Care of Everything? in 2014.  Saari’s second feature film as a screenwriter, Stupid Young Heart (dir. Selma Vilhunen, 2018) was selected to Toronto and Berlinale. She is a co-founder of Tuffi Films.

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Miia Tervo

(b. 1980) is an award winning writer and director from Finnish Lapland. Her short films have been screened and awarded around the world. The Little Snow Animal (2010) was EFA-nominated, and Clumsy Little Acts of Tenderness (2015) was also screened around the globe from Palms Springs to Oberhausen. Tervo’s other short films include Santra and the Talking Trees and The Seal. Aurora is her debut feature.

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Reetta Aalto

(b. 1976) is a Helsinki-based filmmaker, who writes and directs both fiction and documentary films. Her selected filmography includes an internet hit animation Pussy for Beginners, a Prix Europa nominated tv-miniseries Paradise and the awarded short films Girls' Night and To Live, to Exist, and the documentary film Guardian Angel.

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Sonya Lindfors

is a choreographer, dancer and artistic director.

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Ulla Heikkilä

(b. 1989) is a Helsinki-based director-screenwriter. She holds an MFA in film directing from Aalto University. Heikkilä has directed several short films and theatre, and she has worked as a staff writer in TV. Her latest shorts are #Barewithme (2018) and Let Her Speak (a part of the anthology One-Off Incident, 2019).

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