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Video Interview: Zaida Bergroth & Alma Pöysti – Tove

Finland’s official submission for the ‘Best International Feature’ category at the 93rd Academy Awards in 2021 is Tove, the fifth film from Zaida Bergroth, which premiered at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival. Together with actress Alma Poysti, who stars as one of Finland’s most notable writers and artists, Tove Jansson, they spoke with me on the making of the film. A warm and intimate portrait of Jansson post WWII as she began to channel the creative energies which she would become known for (including the impetus for her beloved Moomins cartoon strip), Bergroth and Poysti share their thoughts on and connections to Jansson as well as the process of bringing this subject to life.

Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is IONCINEMA.com's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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