Found in: Queer Vision


classified 12A S

Queer Vision 2021


Please note: This was screened in July 2021

Zaida Bergroth
Krista Kosonen, Shanti Roney, Alma Pöysti
103 mins, Subtitled, 2020, Finland Sweden
Primary language

Tove is the captivating story about the creative energy of iconic Moomins creator Tove Jansson, and her turbulent search for identity, desire and freedom.

Helsinki, 1945. The end of the war brings a new sense of artistic and social freedom for painter Tove Jansson (Alma Pöysti). While focusing her artistic dreams on her painting, the enchanting tales of the ‘Moomin’ creatures she told scared children in bomb shelters, rapidly takes on a life of their own, bringing international fame and financial freedom. Her desire for liberty is put to the test, when she meets theatre director Vivica Bandler (Krista Kosonen) who ignites an electric and all-consuming love in her. But while she begins to find her artistic identity she discovers the true love she yearns for has to be reciprocated and only by forging her own path can she truly be free.

From director Zaida Bergroth and featuring an enthralling central performance from Alma Pöysti, Tove is the remarkable story of one of Europe’s most beloved and inspiring artists.

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