Docpoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival

Programme

Regina – Queen of the Ring

Riina is a young woman who lives for professional wrestling. In the ring, she becomes Regina Rosendahl, who knows no mercy towards the patriarchy. Could feminist thinking gain a foothold in this predominantly male sport?

The documentary follows Riina in matches, training, and script meetings. Riina fights tirelessly for equality with the goal that one day, a woman could win the championship. But matches are not won in the ring; they’re decided in the writers’ room. Becoming a champion requires acceptance of the community. Riina is supported by like-minded men as well as her family’s strong women.

Behind the scenes, the camera captures touching moments, as well as frustrating ones. Riina says she hates most men, but during training and after matches, we witness genuine caring between wrestlers.

Riina is a fascinatingly complex protagonist. She is both fierce and strong-willed, as well as delicate and vulnerable. She poses in revealing costumes, worries about her weight, and battles with an eating disorder. She is anxious about social situations, yet isn’t afraid to speak her mind. As a wrestler, she wants to break glass ceilings and to become a global star. As the film progresses, both goals begin to seem within reach.

Laura Manninen (translated by Mira Sairanen)

Director Panu Suuronen, producer Susanna Lasarov, and lead Riina Kalm attend the screening of their film on Wed, Jan 31.

Original Title: Regina – kuningattaren kehä
Language: Finnish, English
Subtitles: English
Length: 84 min
Age Limit: K12
Year: 2024
Production Country: Finland

Director: Panu Suuronen
Producer: Susanna Lasarov
Production Company: Mediawan Finland
Distribution Company: Mediawan Finland
Screenplay: Panu Suuronen
Editing: Timo Peltola
Cinematographer: Ville Sarvola
Music: Karin Mäkiranta
Sound Design: Jukka Nurmela