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SIFF Celebrates Pride

Feature | 100 Minutes | Finland

Director: Zaida Bergroth

In Swedish with English Subtitles


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 realize that the love she truly yearns has to be reciprocated. As she struggles with her personal life, her creative endeavors 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. TOVE is a captivating drama about the creative energy of an iconic talent and her turbulent search for identity, desire and freedom.

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    100 minutes
  • Language
    Swedish
  • Country
    Finland
  • Director
    Zaida Bergroth