The Ape Star

Original title

Apstjärnan

Country

Sweden, Norway, Denmark

Duration

75

Year

2021

Director

Linda Hambäck

Screenwriter

Janne Vierth

DOP

Gabriel Mkrttchian

Editor

Ulf Tønder Flittig, Linda Hambäck

Cast

Stellan Skarsgård, Pernilla August, Melinda Kinnaman, Rebecka Gerstmann

Producer

Linda Hambäck, Petter Lindblad

Production company

Lee Film, Mikrofilm, Nørlum P1 IVS, Film i Väst, SVT

Festivals and awards

Munich Film Festival, Annecy Int’l Animation Film Festival

Little Jonna has spent her whole life in an orphanage, dreaming about a mother who will love her and care for her. When an old car supposedly bringing her mother stops in front of the orphanage, Jonna is in for a big surprise. Out of the car steps a – gorilla! Jonna soon adapts to the situation and the two of them set up a blissful family life together. Everything is finally as it should be… until the local authorities threaten their idyll.

Linda Hambäck is a Swedish film director and producer. Her debut feature, Gordon & Paddy, premiered at Berlinale 2018. The Ape Star is her second feature. She was the producer of the animated parts of the Academy-Award-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man, by Malik Bendjelloul.

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