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WORLD DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION

FREETIME MACHOS

Directed by Mika Ronkainen
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 86 Minutes North American Premiere
FILM GUIDE FREETIME MACHOS

Matti and Mikko play for Finland's worst amateur rugby team. Overworked and domesticated, the two men long for a space to revel in their masculinity and bond with other men. While weekend rugby allows them to indulge in a communal fantasy of virility, between practices the teammates struggle with their more real and often emasculating day-to-day concerns: Mikko buys a new house, Matti's girlfriend pressures him for commitment, and a drive for new members draws interest only from a young Spanish woman whose attempts to carve out a place for herself on the team change the group's homosocial dynamic in unexpected ways.

Director Mika Ronkainen's smart editing places the teammates' delusions of manliness in stark and comic contrast to their mundane lives and conspicuously subpar athleticism. By underlining the humor in this juxtaposition of exaggerated machismo and banal reality, Ronkainen presents his heroes as effortlessly charming even as they're peacocking. Freetime Machos follows Matti, Mikko, and their teammates over the course of one season, on a quest to secure just a single win, crafting a gentle, genuine, and disarmingly funny love story of modern male friendship.

Sports, Documentary
About the Director(s)
Mika Ronkainen has made award-winning and acclaimed documentaries like Screaming Men, Our Summer, Car Bonus, Before the Flood, and Father's Day. He works also as producer, editor, and composer and cofounded the Air Guitar World Championships. Ronkainen lives and works in Oulu, northern Finland, the hometown of the rugby club.
Special Note


Film Info
  • Section:
    World Documentary Feature Competition
  • Year:
    2009
  • Length:
    86 minutes
  • Language:
    Finnish
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    North American
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Primary Cast:
    Matti Keränen, Mikko Koljonen, Roger Holden, Jarmo Stoor, Tuomo Jaakkonen, Ana Vidal
  • Director:
    Mika Ronkainen
  • Screenwriter:
    Mika Ronkainen
  • Producers:
    Mika Ronkainen, Kimmo Paananen
  • Editor:
    Anders Villadsen
  • Directors of Photography:
    Vesa Taipaleenmäki, Mika Ronkainen
  • Composers:
    Samuli Putro, Ahti Marja-aho

Contacts
  • Print Source
    Marja Pallassalo
    Finnish Film Foundation
    Helsinki, 00160
    Phone: +358 9 6220 3021
    marja.pallassalo@ses.fi
  • Director
    Mika Ronkainen
    Klaffi productions
    Helsinki, Fin 90100
    Phone: +358 4 0704 7440
    mika@klaffi.com
  • Sales Contact
    Charlotte Gry Madsen
    DR Sales
    Copenhagen, 0999
    Phone: +45 35 20 30 40
    cgma@dr.dk
  • Print Source
    Marja Pallassalo
    Finnish Film Foundation
    Helsinki, 00160
    Phone: +358 9 6220 3021
    marja.pallassalo@ses.fi
  • Director
    Mika Ronkainen
    Klaffi productions
    Helsinki, Fin 90100
    Phone: +358 4 0704 7440
    mika@klaffi.com
  • Sales Contact
    Charlotte Gry Madsen
    DR Sales
    Copenhagen, 0999
    Phone: +45 35 20 30 40
    cgma@dr.dk

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