BBFC Ratingf-rated FilmTove

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DirectorZaida Bergroth
WritersEeva Putro, Jarno Elonen
LanguageSwedish, Finnish, English, French
CountryFinland, Sweden
Running Time1HR 43MINS
Extra InfoSubtitled
SeasonMain Programme

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). Despite focusing her artistic dreams on her painting, the enchanting tales of the 'Moomin' creatures she told scared children in bomb shelters rapidly take on a life of their own, bringing her 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 learns the true love she yearns has to be reciprocated and only by forging her own path can she learn to 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.


The 6pm screening on Fri 9 July will be accompanied by an exclusive pre-recorded introduction and Q&A with Tove director Zaida Bergroth and actor Alma Pöysti, who plays the titular Tove Jansson.

Presented by Reclaim The Frame, a mission to bring ever-greater audiences to films by women to widen and enrich cinema’s perspective of the world, run by charity Birds’ Eye View, and backed by the BFI’s Audience Fund. To learn more and join the #ReclaimTheFrame mission and receive free cinema tickets, discount codes and other film goodies go here.

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