Force of Habit
Force of Habit is a film to disclose and deconstruct the invisible exercise of power towards women, in private lives as well as in the society. The film follows six different women. The protagonists experience sexual harassment, judgement, underrating and exclusion. Those attitudes are found not only on the streets, in bars and work places, but also in a courtroom and on a stage of a theatre. Oscar nominee Kirsikka Saari and Elli Toivoniemi are the directors of the feature film, together with seven co-writer-directors, and the project also includes 11 short films under the title One-off Incident.
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.
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.