Movie and discussion: TOVE

The Finnish movie TOVE about the famous Swedish-speaking Finnish writer and painter Tove Jansson is finally approaching Czech cinemas. The Scandinavian House and Scandi festival present a screening of this movie followed by a discussion about Tove Jansson, her life and work.

TOVE (Tove, Finland / Sweden 2020, 103 min)

Director: Zaida Bergroth
Screenplay: Jarno Elonen, Eeva Putro
Starring: Alma Pöysti, Krista Kosonen, Shanti Roney, Joanna Haartti, Kajsa Ernst, Robert Enckell and others


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. 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.

In original sound with Czech subtitles.

Admission fee: 155 CZK
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Alma Pöysti (Tove Jansson) a Krista Kosonen (Vivica Bandler)

After the screening, we host a 30 minutes discussion with editor Hana Zahradníková and translator Jana Holá about Tove Jansson, her life and work and especially about Tove’s new book Sculptor’s Daughter / Fair Play published in Czech by Argo Publishing House.

The event is organised by the Scandinavian House in frame of the Scandi Festival and in the cooperation with the distribution company Film Europe, the Edison Filmhub Cinema and the Argo Publishing House and with the financial support of Prague municipality and the Czech Ministry of Culture.

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