• 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

Mescalito Biopic Fest, Italy

Queer Wave, Cyprus
Kranj Actors Film Festival, Slovenia
VoxFeminae, Croatia
Finnish Film Days, Hungary
Geelong Pride Film Festival, Australia
Ljubljana LGBTQ Film Festival, Slovenia
Panorama of the European Film, Egypt
Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Australia
Nordic Film Days Lübeck, Germany
Sao Paulo International Film Festival, Brazil
Queergestreift Festival, Germany
Women's Film Festival Demakijaz, Poland
Paris International Lesbian and Feminist Film Festival, France
Finnish Film Days, Hungary
Women's Film Festival Bangkok, Thailand
Some Prefer Cake Film Festival, Italy
Mardi Gras Film Festival, Australia
Hong Kong Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, Hong Kong
Queer Wave, Cyprus
Seoul International Women's Film Festival, South Korea
Queer Film Nacht, Germany
Filmfest Munich, Germany
Tofifest International Film Festival, Poland
Out Film Festival, US
Turin 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

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

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