Project Description


Miia (Pirjo Lonka) has organised a company party, but the atmosphere is ruined when Katja (Seidi Haarla) reveals partly by accident that the boss had groped her after the previous spring party. People start speculating about the motives and timing of Katja’s revelation. Which is more important, the truth or the festive spirit? Festive Spirit is directed by Jenni Toivoniemi and written by Jenni Toivoniemi and Kirsikka Saari, and it is part of the film anthology Force of Habit.

Directed by: Jenni Toivoniemi
Screenplay by: Jenni Toivoniemi & Kirsikka Saari
Produced by: Elli Toivoniemi
Cinematography by: Jarmo Kiuru
Production design by: Sanna-Mari Pirkola
Costume design by: Roosa Marttiini
Make-up design by: Kaisu Hölttä
Editing by: Tuuli Alanärä
Sound design by: Lotta Mäki


Katja: Seidi Haarla
Miia: Pirjo Lonka
Pena: Jarkko Pajunen
Liisa: Ella Lahdenmäki
Johannes: Samuli Niittymäki
Karin: Minna Suuronen
Maria: Niina Hosiasluoma
Tatu: Teemu Aromaa
Noon: Waanie Nonglak
Jari: Jussi Rantamäki
Fadi: Abdulrazaq Al-Jewari

Country of production: Finland
Duration: 14:28
Domestic content rating: S (for all ages)

The irrational logic, with which our community reacts to the exposed harassment cases, is frustrating but also amusing in its darkness. It feels like the horror and doubt only lead to self-pity and a panicky need to close the case at the point where all we have seen is the tip of the iceberg. Instead of focusing on how to fix the problems and injustice, we feel bad because the vibe gets slightly unpleasant when people talk about these sorts of things. The main concern seems to be: ”Let’s not forget that there are good men, too, and not all women are harassed all the time.” I was inspired by people’s comments and wanted to write a satire on a work community where people actually have these conversations face to face

Jenni Toivoniemi, director-writer

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