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+ pre-recorded intro + Q&A with director Zaida Bergroth and actress Alma Pöyst

The bohemian life of artist and writer Tove Jansson is wondrously brought to life in this timely and moving biopic.

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Finland-Sweden 2020
Dir Zaida Bergroth
With Alma Pöysti, Krista Kosonen, Shanti Roney
Certificate 12
With English subtitles

Exploring her early years as a struggling artist in Helsinki, shunned by the artistic establishment, Tove parties hard with the intelligentsia and fails to live up to the high artistic expectations of her sculptor father. At her first solo exhibition she meets the married theatre director Vivica Bandler, their attraction to each other obvious. A passionate love affair ensues, which nourishes Tove's creativity and soon her most famous creation takes the world by storm. This is a beautiful celebration of the life and work of a remarkable woman and will make you want to take a stroll through Moominvalley as soon as it's over.

This screening will feature a pre-recorded intro + Q&A with Tove’s director Zaida Bergroth and lead actress Alma Pöyst. 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 visit

Tickets on sale Wed 7 July (11:30 Patrons/Champs 12:30 Members and 16:00: Public).

See other screenings of Tove.

Director Zaida Bergroth appears on the Feminism in Nordic Cinema Panel as part the Woman with a Movie Camera Summit 17 and 18 July.