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by Zaida Bergroth


Helsinki, 1945. The end of the war brings a new sense of artistic and social freedom for painter Tove Jansson. Modern art, dizzying parties and an open relationship with a married politician: Her unconventional life puts her at odds with her sculptor father’s strict ideals. Tove’s desire for liberty is put to the test when she meets theatre director Vivica Bandler. Her love for Vivica is electric and all-consuming but Tove begins to realise that the love she truly yearns has to be reciprocated. As she struggles with her personal life, her creative endeavours take her in an unexpected direction. While focusing her artistic dreams on her painting, the work that started as a side project, the melancholic, haunting tales she told scared children in bomb shelters, rapidly takes on a life of its own. The exploits of the Moomins, infused with inspiration from her own life, bring Tove international fame and financial freedom. There’s a daily comic strip, a stage play and stories that continue to delight people around the world. But as she begins to find her artistic identity she has to learn to find herself. Her unrequited love for Vivica is preventing her true liberty and only by learning to break away from her can she truly be free. Tove is a captivating drama about the creative energy of an iconic talent and her turbulent search for identity, desire and freedom.

international title: Tove
original title: Tove
country: Finland, Sweden
sales agent: LevelK
year: 2020
genre: fiction
directed by: Zaida Bergroth
film run: 100'
release date: FI 2/10/2020
screenplay: Eeva Putro, Jarno Elonen
cast: Alma Pöysti, Krista Kosonen, Shanti Roney, Joanna Haartti, Kajsa Ernst, Robert Enckell, Jakob Öhrman, Eeva Putro, Wilhelm Enckell, Liisi Tandefelt
cinematography by: Linda Wassberg
film editing: Samu Heikkilä
art director: Catharina Nyqvist Ehrnrooth
costumes designer: Eugen Tamberg
music: Matti Bye
producer: Aleksi Bardy, Andrea Reuter
co-producer: Gunnar Carlsson, Ralf Ivarsson, Tero Kaukomaa, Lars Nilsson, Helle Ulsteen
executive producer: Lone Korslund
associate producer: Maria Dahlin
production: Helsinki Filmi Oy
backing: Finnish Film Foundation, Business Finland, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, SFI, Svt, YLE, Eurimages, Creative Europe Media, The Foundations Svenska Kulturfonden, Konstsamfundet, Tre Smeder, Svenska Folkskolans Vänner
distributor: Nordisk Film Oy, Outplay Films

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