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SCA21 Games People Play

18+ 117 MIN
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A comedy about the tragedy of being forever young featuring a star-studded ensemble of Finnish talent, Games People Play follows old friends on the edge of turning 40 who reunite for a long summer weekend packed with unsettled love and unforgiven wrongs.

Eight old friends gather to celebrate Mitzi’s (Emmi Parviainen) surprise birthday party over a nostalgic weekend at an idyllic Finnish seaside villa - just like they used to do as teenagers. Despite being well-intentioned, the party sets off on wrong tracks immediately, as the birthday girl is not so pleased about the surprise.

But when Mitzi’s glamourous best friend Veronika (Laura Birn, also starring in Helene) brings along her new boyfriend Swedish Hollywood actor Mikael (Christian Hillborg, Fleabag, also starring in A Piece of My Heart), old rivalries are triggered amongst these hip thirty-somethings. Familiar surroundings and old rituals get to the core of the group and make them forget their adulthood, while revelations make them reassess their past as well as their present.

In this festival highlight, debut director Jenni Toivoniemi sketches an ironic portrait of a generation torn between their desires for love and their career plans.


OFFICIAL SELECTION – Göteborg Film Festival 2020 


"Toivoniemi smartly gathers together a “who’s who” of Finnish actors. "

- Cineuropa

Movie Information

Release date

Tuesday 6th July


117 min




Paula Vesala, Eero Milonoff, Christian Hillborg, Laura Birn, Emmi Parviainen


Jenni Toivoniemi


Film Festival


Finnish and Swedish with English subtitles, English

Participating Cinemas

Palace Balwyn Cinema, Palace Norton St, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Westgarth, Pentridge Cinema, Chauvel Cinema, Palace Central Sydney