FRI—March 12—8 PM EDT

**This event will accompany the New Nordic Virtual Cinema presentation of Force of Habit from Scandinavia House.**

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In coordination with New Nordic Virtual Cinema presentation of Force of Habit /Tottumiskysymys during the week of March 12-18, join us for a Virtual Film Talk with directors Reetta Aalto & Alli Haapasalo!

Based on seven short films from Yksittäistapaus (the Force of Habit Anthology Series), which portrays women’s everyday experiences with imbalances of power, Force of Habit follows seven different women who experience sexual harassment, judgement, underrating and exclusion throughout the course of one day.  How will others react? And is it really possible that these things happen all around us every day? Two of the seven directors who created the film — Reetta Aalto (Boudoir) & Alli Haapasalo (No Big Deal) will discuss the film as well as the anthology series, which consists of Force of Habit as well as other short films and campaigns created by 15 filmmakers, artists, researchers and social influencers. The Force of Habit Anthology Series films depict everyday moments that women experience which, despite being seen as normal, prove to be absurd under closer examination.

The event will premiere on YouTube and Facebook at 8 PM on March 12, and will be accessible on this page throughout the weekend. To purchase tickets to the film, visit the Virtual Cinema page here.

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About Reetta Aalto

Reetta Aalto is a film director and screenwriter of both fiction and documentary films. Her works as a screenwriter and director include the documentary film Grey Violet – Odd One Out (2017), which premiered at the Hot Docs Film Festival, and the award-winning internet-hit animation Pussy for Beginners (2015). Her most recent directorial work is the feature comedy Laughing Matters (2020) written by Anna Ruohonen. Aalto is also a published author, her critically acclaimed debut novel Vadim came out in summer 2020.

About Alli Haapasalo

Director and writer Alli Haapasalo  holds a Master of Fine Arts from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (2009), as well as a Bachelor of Arts from Aalto University’s School of Motion Picture, Television and Production Design (2003). It was Haapasalo’s 60-minute thesis film On Thin Ice (2009), that got notice at festivals in the United States as well as Europe. This story of a lonely mercenary looking for a friend won several awards and was nominated for Prix Europa in 2012. Haapasalo returned to Finland to make her feature debut, Love and Fury (2016). Shortly after, her first feature length documentary P.O.Box 347 (2017) came out and garnered a large number of viewers on the Finnish National Broadcasting Company. In 2019 Haapasalo released television show Shadow Lines, a Cold War-era political drama she co-directed with A.J. Annila.