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Freetime Machos

North American Premiere

Germany, Finland | 86 MINUTES | Finnish |


Sports, Documentary

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.


Directed by Mika Ronkainen and Mika Ronkainen

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.
Mika Ronkainen, Kimmo Paananen
Directors of Photography
Vesa Taipaleenmäki, Mika Ronkainen
Mika Ronkainen
Mika Ronkainen
Anders Villadsen
Primary Cast
Matti Keränen, Mikko Koljonen, Roger Holden, Jarmo Stoor, Tuomo Jaakkonen, Ana Vidal
Samuli Putro, Ahti Marja-aho


Print Source
Marja Pallassalo
Finnish Film Foundation
Helsinki, 00160
Phone: +358 9 6220 3021
Sales Contact
Charlotte Gry Madsen
DR Sales
Copenhagen, 0999
Phone: +45 35 20 30 40