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Tove

  • 100 min
  • Finland, Sweden
  • Relations
TOVE 2020 Alma Pöysti Movie Tove Jansson
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TOVE Film 2020 Movie Alma Pöysti Tove Jansson Vivica Bandler Krista Kosonen

Tove is an energetic and captivating drama that depicts the life of young Tove Jansson, the creator of the Moomins. The film takes us to Helsinki just after the war, where Tove tries to break through as an artist, but is still very much overshadowed by her father, the sculptor Jansson. It is a time filled with the feeling of freedom in both art, society and love.

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Tove enters into an open relationship with the married politician Atos Wirtanen, but when she meets theatre director Vivica Bandler, the love affair with her becomes all-consuming. Bandler discovers Tove’s drawings, those which will eventually become the universe of the Moomins, and is immediately excited. However, their relationship complicates and Tove is faced with several tough choices to find both her artistic identity and her own self.

Tove is both an exciting portrait of the era and a deeply insightful probe into Tove Jansson's private life and the path towards her eventual success. Alma Pöysti is enchanting in her authentic portrayal of Tove, and is a crucial part of how the film so effectively encapsulates Tove's soul. The film is Finland's Oscar contribution for Best International Feature Film this year.

This film is available at Kosmorama Digital 8th – 14th March.

Information

Original title Tove
Director Zaida Bergroth
Year 2020
Length 100 min
Land Finland, Sweden
Language Swedish, Finnish, English, French
Subtitles Norwegian
Cast Alma Pöysti, Krista Kosonen, Shanti Roney