image from the film Tove

image from the film TOVE

“The Moomins, with their hippo-like silhouettes, are beloved cartoon characters familiar to readers around the globe. But less is known about their creator, the bisexual, Swedish-speaking, Finnish visual artist and author Tove Jansson and her surprisingly unconventional life. The engaging biopic Tove, from Finnish helmer Zaida Bergroth,goes a long way toward remedying that knowledge gap. Featuring a mesmerizing lead performance by Alma Pöysti, the sensuously textured film, shot on 16mm, concentrates on a formative decade in Tove’s life (from the mid-1940s to mid-’50s) and explores her artistic and personal passions, and the challenges they entail.” (Alissa Simon, Variety)

Music by Swedish composer and musician Matti Bye, who is also known for his wonderful silent film scores, and performed at Cornell Cinema in 2012.

In Swedish, Finnish, English & French.

Cosponsored with LGBT Studies & the LGBT Resource Center.


Ithaca Premiere • Subtitled