• Drama / 100 min / Finland / 2020

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 realise that the love she truly yearns has to be reciprocated.

As she struggles with her personal life, her creative endeavours 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.


Tove at festivals

Out Film Festival, US
Lovers Film Festival, Italy
Province Town Film Festival, US
Sonoma International Film Festival, US
Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival, Israel
Cleveland International Film Festival, US
Wicked Queer, Boston's LGBTQ+ Film Festival, US
OutShine Film Festival, US
Sofia International Film Festival, Bulgaria
Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, US
BFI Flare, UK
Seattle International Film Festival, US
Luxembourg City Film Festival, Luxembourg
Ojai Film Festival, US
Scandinavian Film Fest LA, US
Gothenburg International Film Festival, Sweden (Opening Film)
Midnight Sun Film Festival, Finland

Honorable Mention - OutShine Film Festival
Audience Choice Award - Midnight Sun Film Festival

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