TOVE, Finland’s Oscar Entry at SFFLA


Tove directed by Zaida Bergroth , is Finland’s 2021 Oscar entry. Tove is also screened online this weekend at the Scandinavian Film Festival LA.

In the midst of her artistic struggles and unconventional personal life, Tove Jansson found worldwide success from an unexpected side project: the creation of the beloved world of the Moomins.

Helsinki, 1945. The end of the war brings a new sense of artistic and social freedom for painter Tove Jansson. 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. 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. TOVE is a captivating drama about the creative energy of an iconic talent and her turbulent search for identity, desire and freedom.

To learn more about making of Tove, we had a ZOOM interview with Zaida Bergroth, director of the film:

Director – Zaida Bergroth
Born in 1977, Zaida Bergroth is a well-known Finnish director and screenwriter. Her films include “Maria’s Paradise” (2019) about the orphan Salome, the servant and devout follower of Maria Akerblom, a charismatic sect leader, “Miami” (2017), which follows two sisters as they embark on a road trip to pay off their debts. In 2009, her film “Skavabölen Pojat” (“Last Cowboy Standing”) won the Best Debut award at the Pusan Film Festival, as well as receiving the Finnish national Jussi awards for Best Screenplay and Best Sound Design. Her film “Hyvä Poika” (“The Good Son”) won several awards at international film festivals in 2011, such as the Chicago Film Festival, Prague Film Festival / Febiofest, and the Mons International Love Film Festival. It also picked up 7 Jussi nominations and a nomination for the prestigious Nordic Council Film Prize. She has also directed multiple shorts, two of which won awards at Tampere Festival in 2014.


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Bijan Tehrani

Bijan Tehrani a film director, film critic and writer, works as editor in chief of Cinema Without Borders while teaching Language of Film and Film History at workshops nationwide. Bijan has won several awards in international film festivals and book fairs for his short films and children's books.

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