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The Ape Star

Directed by Linda Hambäck
2020
Sweden, Norway, Denmark
74 minutes
All Ages
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An offbeat animated family delight about outsiders and unconventional love from Swedish director Linda Hambäck. Adapted from Frida Nilsson’s award-winning novel.
This charming animated feature, which premiered at the Berlinale, is the story of orphan girl Jonna whose one wish is to have a family. When a large gorilla adopts Jonna it seems a dubious mismatch. The pair quickly bond, much to the surprise of the local authorities who try to separate them. Jonna and Gorilla must fight to prove they are a family so they can stay together. But will they succeed? Swedish stars Pernilla August (Star Wars) and Stellan Skarsgård (In Order of Disappearance, SFF 2014; Thor) give stellar voice performances as the main characters, adding to the rich and detailed world created by Hambäck. The Ape Star is a story about love and family that’s suitable for all ages.
Year
2020
Classification
All Ages
Country
Sweden, Norway, Denmark
Language
In English
Director
Linda Hambäck
Producer
Linda Hambäck, Petter Lindblad
Cast
Pernilla August, Stellan Skarsgård, Rebecca Gerstmann
Screenwriter
Janne Vierth
Festival Contact
Swedish Film Institute
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