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 is a co-production between Helsinki Filmi and Anagram.


Production company
Anagram Sverige AB
Production year
Title in Swedish
Andrea Reuter and Aleksi Bardy, Helsinki Filmi
Executive Producer(s)
Helen Vinogradov, Dome Karukoski, Annika Sucksdorff, Miira Paasilinna and Tine Klint
Emma Åkesdotter Ronge, Åsa Karlsson
Zaida Bergroth
Eeva Putro
Alma Pöysti, Krista Kosonen, Shanti Roney, Kajsa Ernst and Robert Enckell
Linda Wassberg
Samu Heikkilä
Production Design
Catharina Nyqvist Ehrnrooth
Mask Design
Riika Virtanen
Costume Design
Eugen Tamberg
Sound Design
Micke Nyström
Matti Bye
Emma Åkesdotter Ronge and Åsa Karlsson

In Co-Production with Anagram Sverige

In cooperation with
Nordisk Film / Katarina Nyman
Yle / Maria Lundström
Svt / Anna Croneman
Levelk / Tine Klint

With support from
Finlands Filmstiftelse / Kari Paljakka
Business Finland
Nordisk Film & Tv Fond / Petri Kemppinen, Torleif Hauge
Svenska Kulturfonden
Svenska Filminstitutet/Madeleine Ekman
Stiftelsen Tre Smeder
Svenska Folkskolans Vänner

With development support by
Creative Europe Media of the European Union
Svenska Kulturfonden
Stiftelsen Tre Smeder