Alma Pöysti stars in this award-winning biopic, a captivating drama about iconic Finnish artist Tove Jansson (1913–2001), who defied the bourgeois norms of postwar Europe to live a life of artistic and sexual freedom. Jansson gained international fame with the creation of the Moomins, a family of fairy-tale characters that continue to delight people around the world.
Pöysti also stars in Fallen Leaves, screening on December 29, 30, and 31.
Finntastic! is made possible by the Finnish Film Foundation, Jaana Puskala, Jenni Domingo, Otto Suuronen, and Arttu Manninen. Special thanks to Alissa Simon for programming and coordinating the U.S. tour.
Underwriting for the Film Department is provided by Tenaris, The June Leaf and Robert Frank Foundation, and the Vaughn Foundation.
Generous funding is provided by The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Nina and Michael Zilkha; Foundation for Independent Media Arts; Franci Neely; Carrin Patman and Jim Derrick; Ms. Laurence Unger; L'Alliance Française de Houston; and ILEX Foundation.
Directed by Zaida Bergroth
(Finland/Sweden, 2020, 103 minutes, in Finnish, Swedish, English, and French with English subtitles)
Brown Auditorium Theater, digital