Wolfe Video Presents
THE GIRL KING
A film by Mika Kaurismäki
The Girl King is a traditional epic…..what breaks the mold is the character of Kristina, her aplomb, her very masculine energy, her tomboy outfits, her intellectual curiosity, her exchanges with Descartes and the fact that her bold, challenging thinking is actually the heart of the story.
– La Presse
“The Girl King is beautiful… the chemistry between the two women is spot on.”
Best Actress Award – Malin Buska, 2015 Montreal Film Festival
Audience Award, 2015 Montreal Film Festival
Directed and Produced by: Mika Kaurismäki
Written by: Michel Marc Bouchard
Principal Cast: Malin Buska, Sarah Gadon, Michael Nyqvist, Lucas Bryant, Laura Birn, Hippolyte Girardot, Peter Lohmeyer, François Arnaud, Patrick Bauchau, Martina Gedeck
This 17th-century drama recounts the life of Sweden’s Queen Kristina, an enigmatic, flamboyant, and unpredictable 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 country-while pursuing an illicit romance with her female royal attendant. Growing up as a tomboy with a strong intellectual appetite, 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 (the radiant Sarah Gadon), her lovely lady-in-waiting. 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, Kristina chooses to make one of the most controversial decisions in history.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
Finnish born, Brazilian-based filmmaker Mika Kaurismäki burst onto the international art house scene in 1980 with his debut feature The Liar. It marked the beginning of the cinema of the Kaurismäki brothers and started a new era in Finnish cinema. Since then he has made over 30 international feature films and documentaries across many genres and language, including Zombie and the Ghost Train (1991), Three Wise Men (2008) and Road North (2012), and the recent Finnish comedy Homecoming (2015). He has worked with a variety of top European and American talent, including Julie Delpy, Johnny Depp, Robert Davi, Jürgen Prochnow and Henry Thomas. Kaurismäki, together with his acclaimed filmmaker brother Aki, founded the production company Villealfa Filmproductions, a haven for creative filmmaking in Europe.
ABOUT WOLFE VIDEO:
Founded in 1985 and now celebrating 30 years as the largest exclusive distributor of lesbian, gay, bi and transgender (LGBT) films, Wolfe’s release slate includes some of the most popular LGBT films of 2015, including the Swiss Oscar and Golden Globes submission The Circle; the gorgeous lesbian romantic drama by renowned Venezuelan director Fina Torres, Liz in September; and the epic international production by Finland’s Mika Kaurasmäki, The Girl King. In 2016, Wolfe’s releases will include the Thai Oscar submission How To Win at Checkers (Every Time). Wolfe’s library of beloved modern classics includes such acclaimed hits as Cloudburst, Undertow, Desert Hearts and Big Eden. Wolfe’s complete motion picture library can be found at WolfeVideo.com as well as at national retailers such as Netflix, Amazon and VOD destinations such as Comcast, Time Warner, Hulu, iTunes and WolfeOnDemand.com. Find more info online at http://www.wolfevideo.com.
THE GIRL KING debuts on 12/8 on DVD via Wolfe Video and many major retailers, and across all digital platforms including iTunes, Vimeo On Demand, and WolfeOnDemand.com. Also opening theatrically in select cities on Friday, December 4th: Los Angeles – Laemmle Royal, Larkspur – The Lark, San Jose – Camera Cinemas, Minneapolis – St. Anthony Main Theatre.