Tove[a] is a 2020 Finnish biographical film of Swedo-Finnish author and illustrator Tove Jansson, creator of the Moomins, played by Alma Pöysti. The film was written by Eeva Putro, and directed by Zaida Bergroth.[2][3]

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Directed byZaida Bergroth
Screenplay byEeva Putro
Story byEeva Putro
Jarno Elonen
Produced byAleksi Bardy
Andrea Reuter
StarringAlma Pöysti
Krista Kosonen
Shanti Roney
Joanna Haartti
CinematographyLinda Wassberg
Edited bySamu Heikkilä
Release date
  • 2 October 2020 (2020-10-02)
Running time
103 minutes
  • Finland
  • Sweden
  • Swedish
  • English
  • Finnish
  • French
Budget€3.4 million[1]

The film's budget was €3.4 million, which makes it the second most expensive film in Finland after the 2017 version of The Unknown Soldier.[1] It was released to critical acclaim, and was selected as the Finnish entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards, but was not nominated.[4][5]


The movie centres on the early life of Tove Jansson, dating back to her life from the wartime to the mid-1950s, showing both her personal relationships with people such as Vivica Bandler and Atos Wirtanen, and the creation of the Moomin characters, and the popular book series.[6][7]



The film was released in Finland on 2 October 2020.[10]


Tove has been very well received by critics. Variety describes the lead performance by actress Alma Pöysti as “mesmerizing“. They add that she “excels in her first leading film role and strongly resembles the real Tove.” As her fifth feature film, Variety says Zaida Bergroth’s directing “beguiles audiences into the world of its characters” and thinks that she “flexes her considerable cinematic powers, conjuring vibrantly expressive visuals and confident performances from her talented cast.”[11]

The film got seven Jussi Awards, including Best Film and Best Actress, the latter for Alma Pöysti as Tove Jansson.[12]

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  1. ^ Finland Swedish pronunciation: [ˈtuːve]


  1. ^ a b "Tove-elokuvalla 3,4 miljoonan jättibudjetti - intiimikohtausten koordinaattori mukana rakkauskohtauksissa" (in Finnish). Iltalehti. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  2. ^ "New feature drama film about Tove Jansson to premiere in 2020". Moomin. 2019-06-18. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  3. ^ Tekst, Johannes Kaikumo Jacobsen (2020-08-05). "(+) Tove Janssons liv blir film". (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2020-08-06.
  4. ^ "Zaida Bergrothin ohjaama Tove Suomen Oscar-ehdokkaaksi". Filmikamari. 18 November 2020. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  5. ^ Dalton, Ben; Rosser, Michael (20 November 2020). "Oscars best international feature 2021: all the films submitted so far". Screen Daily. Retrieved 21 November 2020.
  6. ^ "LevelK gears up to present its latest slate at Cannes". Cineuropa - the best of european cinema. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  7. ^ "Finnish actor lands "role of lifetime" as lead in Tove Jansson biopic". Yle Uutiset. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  8. ^ "Lead cast and national premiere for the first feature drama film about Tove Jansson announced". Moomin. 16 January 2020. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  9. ^ Mitchell, Wendy (16 January 2020). "Alma Pöysti to play Moomins creator Tove Jansson in biopic 'Tove' (exclusive)". Screen. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  10. ^ @MoominOfficial (27 February 2020). "The first image of the new movie "TOVE" has been released, with Alma Pöysti portraying Tove Jansson! The movie will get its national premiere in Finland on October 2, 2020. Read more about the movie at #tovefilm #toveelokuva #tovemovie" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  11. ^ ‘Tove’ Review: An Engaging Biopic on Moomins Creator Tove Jansson – Variety
  12. ^ Silja Sahlgren-Fodstad (2021-09-16). "Filmen Tove blev Jussigalans stora vinnare – utsågs bland annat till årets bästa film" (in Swedish). Yle.

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