THE GIRL KING

2015, Colour, Germany, Canada, Finland, Sweden, World Competition

 

Production Team

Director : Mika Kaurismäki

Screenwriter : Michel Marc Bouchard

Cinematographer : Guy Dufaux

Editor : Hans Funck

Cast : Malin Buska, Sarah Gadon, Michael Nyqvist, Lucas Bryant, Laura Birn, Hippolyte Girardot, François Arnaud, Patrick Bauchau

Music : Anssi Tikanmäki

Film production and Sales : Prod.: Marianna Films / Triptych Media/ Galafilm / Starhaus Filmproduktion / Anagram.


 

Synopsis

It’s the 1600s and Queen Christina is set on making Sweden the most sophisticated country in Europe. Having been raised as a prince under strict Lutheran control, the enigmatic, flamboyant, and unpredictable queen faces powerful resistance in her quest to educate her subjects and end the bloody Thirty Years War between the Protestants and Catholics. Amidst all this, Christina struggles to come to terms with an irresistible passion for her lady in waiting, the stunning Countess Ebba Sparre. Her quest to understand love runs parallel with her quest to understand humanity and the violent and restrictive forces conspiring against her. Torn between the conflict of political and personal aspirations, Christina chooses to make one of the most controversial decisions in history.

 

Director

Born in Orimattila, Finland in 1955, Mika Kaurismäki studied film in Germany and his first film, his graduation production, THE LIAR (1980), was an overnight sensation; it marked the beginning of the cinema of the Kaurismäki brothers and started a new era in the Finnish cinema. Eventually, Mika established a base and second home in Brazil and concentrated on international co-productions, among them, CONDITION RED (1995), L.A. WITHOUT A MAP (1998), HONEY BABY (2004), BRASILEIRINHO (2005, shown at the MWFF), THREE WISE MEN (2008), BROTHERS (2011), ROAD NORTH (2012).


 

Projections

Friday September 4, 2015 - 07:00 PM - CINÉMA IMPÉRIAL
Sunday September 6, 2015 - 04:30 PM - CINÉMA IMPÉRIAL


 

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