The Girl King

Sat 9 July / Cinemobile / 14.152015 / Finland, Canada, Germany, Sweden / 106min
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“Pope Alexander VIII once described her as ‘a queen without a realm, a Christian without faith, and a woman without shame’. Kristina of Sweden was undoubtedly one of the most remarkable women of her era.”

The Girl King is a portrait of the brilliant, extravagant Kristina of Sweden, queen from age six, who fights the conservative forces that are against her ideas for the modernization of Sweden, and who have no tolerance for her awakening sexuality. She must choose between her country, her father, her religion, and “who she wants to be.” She chooses to take control of her destiny.

Winner: Best Film, Valladolid International Film Festival 2015
Official selection: Ottawa LGBT Film Festival 2015

Director Mika Kaurismäki
Cast Malin Buska, Sarah Gadon, Michael Nyqvist, Lucas Bryant, Hippolyte Girardot, Patrick Bauchau
Script Michel Marc Bouchard
Producers Mika Kaurismäki, Anna Stratton, Rainer Kölmel, Arnie Gelbart, Wasiliki Bleser, Marton Persson

Presented with the support of The Finnish Film Foundation.