Well known Finnish film director Mika Kaurismäki is set to release his film entitled “The Girl King.” The film focuses on an enigmatic young woman in conflict – torn between reason and passion, between her body and being raised as a prince, between the ancient and modern worlds, and between the brilliance of her educated mind and the conservative forces around her.
Crowned Queen at the age of six, Kristina of Sweden was thrust into a labyrinth of power and tradition, where a court of austere, Lutheran men pressure her to marry and produce an heir to fulfill her destiny.
She finds sanctuary and love with her lady-in-waiting, the beautiful and elegant, Countess Ebba Sparre, although the Chancellor, Axel Oxenstierna, pressures her to pair with his son, Johan. Soon the forces around the Queen realize that Ebba is the key to controlling her, but they underestimate Kristina’s brilliantmind and her drive to be free.
The Girl King was filmed in the famous old city of Turku where the setting for the film was a castle
that has stood since 1280s. Because of its history, the castle is one of the most visited tourist sites in the country.
According to the director, even though Queen Kristina of Sweden has never set a foot in the Turku Castle, history suggests that her parents had visited it and she might also have been conceived there, linking her to the historic site.
Mika Kaurismäki has lived in Brazil since approximately 1992 and has made several Brazilian-themed films, including Amazon, Tigrero, Sambólico, Rytmi, and Moro no Brasil. His film Brasileirinho is a 2005 musical documentary about traditional Brazilian choro music. His first film, The Liar made in 1980, was an overnight sensation, when first shown in Finland.
Mika Kaurismäki studied cinema in Munich, Germany, at the Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen (1977–1981). The Liar (1980), made in Finland, was his diploma film. His younger brother Aki Kaurismäki, then a student of journalism, played the main role and also co-wrote the screenplay. After the success of The Liar, Mika Kaurismäki decided to stay in Finland and together with his brother and some friends he founded the production company Villealfa Film Productions, which soon became a home of vital low-or no-budget film making. By the end of the 1980s, it was the third biggest film production company in Finland.