In my films I want to dig deep into the ugliness, but I think it’s way too easy to just show the grim side of things. I always try to walk towards the light, at least when it’s possible. I want my films to feel like a conversation with a good friend. Comforting but brutally honest. There has to be both compassion and moments of distance: taking a step back and showing the absurdity of how we behave. And somewhere there my humour is born.
Jenni Toivoniemi is an award-winning filmmaker and playwright. Her short films include THE DATE (2012), which won several awards including International Short Fiction Jury Award at the Sundance FF and a Special Mention at the Berlinale Generation 14+ in 2013. THE COMMITTEE (2016), written and directed together with the Norwegian Gunhild Enger, premiered in Locarno 2016 and won several prizes. Toivoniemi is also one of the writer-directors in FORCE OF HABIT (2019), a collaborative film project that consists of 11 short films and a feature film and is nominated for several Jussi Awards. Toivoniemi’s feature debut as a director, GAMES PEOPLE PLAY (2020) premiered in Göteborg FF’s Nordic Competition.