Magazine article Screen International

First Hand Boards Sales on Finnish Doc 'Hobbyhorse Revolution'

Magazine article Screen International

First Hand Boards Sales on Finnish Doc 'Hobbyhorse Revolution'

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EXCLUSIVE: HotDocs title gets international sales deal.

First Hand Films has boarded sales for Selma Vilhunen's documentary feature Hobbyhorse Revolution.

Hobbyhorse Revolution was released by Tuffi Films in Finnish cinemas in March and will be released in Sweden later this year by Folkets Bio. It won two prizes at Tampere Film Festival in March and also played at HotDocs.

The film delves into the world of Finnish teenage girls who ride and groom toy horses.

"I wanted to showcase that these girls are powerful in their attempt to claim agency in their sport and, though it might seem extra-ordinary, it isn't so different from fantasy football," said Vilhunen. "For the girls in this film, hobbyhorsing is a real way to cope with not only the pressure of growing up but some of the bullying that comes along with it. …

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