The Girl King


Sequoia 2 Thu, Oct 15, 2015 2:00 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:106 min
Premiere Status:US
Director:Mika Kaurismäki
Producer:Mika Kaurismäki
Anna Stratton
Arnie Gelbart
Screenwriter:Michel Marc Bouchard
Cinematographer:Guy Dufaux
Editor:Hans Funck
Cast:Malin Buska
Sarah Gadon
Michael Nyqvist
Lucas Bryant
Laura Bi
Hippolyte Girardot
Print Source:Wolfe Releasing
Note Writer:Joe Bowman


Mika Kaurismäki’s (Road North, MVFF 2012; Sonic Mirror, MVFF 2008) handsome 17th-century drama recounts the life of Sweden’s Queen Kristina, a philosophically minded woman centuries ahead of her time who ascended the throne at age six, was raised as a prince, and strived to bring peace and education to her countrywhile pursuing an illicit romance with her royal attendant. Growing up as a tomboy with a strong intellectual appetite for Descartes, young Kristina (an electric Malin Buska) finds herself thrown into a political frenzy as a teenager. Saddled with the Thirty Years War between Protestants and Catholics, Kristina steers her country away from the conservatives while privately grappling with her own sexual awakening, in the form of Countess Ebba Sparre (radiant Sarah Gadon), her lovely lady-in-waiting. For this lush portrait of European history’s most iconic monarch, Kaurismäki assembled an impressive, international cast, including Michael Nyqvist, Hippolyte Girardot, and Martina Gedeck.

Co-presented by Frameline

Additional Information

Mika Kaurismäki studied cinema in Munich, Germany, (Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen) from 1977 to 1981. After the success of The Liar, Kaurismäki decided to stay in Finland and, together with his brother Aki and some friends, founded the production company Villealfa Filmproductions, which soon became a home of low- or no-budget filmmaking in Finland. His most recent film, Homecoming (Elämältä kaiken sain), a Finnish drama/comedy starring Vesa-Matti Loiri, Armi Toivonen, and Peter Franzén, will premiere in August 2015.