Magazine article Screen International

Totem, Tuffi Team on Female Gender Stereotypes Anthology ‘Force of Habit’ (Exclusive)

Magazine article Screen International

Totem, Tuffi Team on Female Gender Stereotypes Anthology ‘Force of Habit’ (Exclusive)

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The all-female production spans 11 episodes and a feature film.

Paris-based sales company Totem Films has acquired world rights to hard-hitting Finnish anthology series Force Of Habit exploring how women are discriminated against because of their gender in public and private life.

The multi-faceted, all-female production - spanning 11 episodes and a single feature film - is produced by Elli Toivoniemi and Sanna Kultanen at Finnish company Tuffi Films.

The dynamic Helsinki-based company is behind a string of festival hits including Finland’s 2020 Oscar submission Stupid Young Heart and the Oscar-nominated short Do I Have To Take Care Of Everything?, both by Selma Vihunen, who is also part of the Tuffi fold.

Siri Hjorton Wagner and Farima Karim at Swedish company [sic] film are also on board as co-producers.

The production won the work in progress award at the annual Finnish Film Affair event in 2018 as the project most likely to attract international attention.

Consent, rape, gaze, power dynamics

Tuffi has gathered 15 Finnish directors and screenwriters for the production.

The resulting 11 episodes, exploring various aspects of gender stereotyping, are presented under the four category banners of consent, rape, gaze and power dynamics. They explore a variety of topics from sexual harassment to racism and misogyny. …

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