The Finnish Oscar Committee has selected Tove, a biopic of Moomins creator Tove Jansson directed by Zaida Bergroth, as its submission for Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards in April.
Helsinki, 1945. The end of the war brings artistic and social freedom for painter Tove Jansson: modern art, dizzying parties and an open relationship with journalist Atos Wirtanen (Shanti Roney). But her desire for liberty is put to the test when she meets theatre director Vivica Bandler (Krista Kosonen) and faces unrequited love.
Yet as Tove struggles with her personal life, her creative endeavours take her in an unexpected direction. A side project based on the melancholic tales she told scared children in bomb shelters, begins to take on a life of its own and the exploits of the Moomins bring Tove international fame and financial freedom.
The Finnish Oscar Committee complimented both the film’s narrative and acting and said in their deliberation that it “tells a universal story about looking and finding love and about the passion of making art.”
The 93rd Academy Awards will be presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences during a gala ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday 25th April 2021. A shortlist of ten films will be announced by the Academy on 9th February and the final five nominees will be revealed on 15th March 2021.