Mika Kaurismäki’s The Girl King wraps
Yellow Affair Press Release
Director Mika Kaurismäki has completed principal photography on THE GIRL KING, based on the life of Swedish Queen Kristina, starring an international cast including Malin Buska in the title role, Sarah Gadon, Michael Nyqvist, Hippolyte Girardot and Martina Gedeck.
THE GIRL KING is the story of one of the most iconic Queens in history. Queen Kristina, at her father’s request raised as a prince, is thrust into a world of conflict. Faced with the austere, fiercely conservative Lutheran values of the time she begins her reign in confrontation – opting for education for all her subjects and an end to the Thirty Years War. Pulled between the Lutheran and Catholic forces, conspiring for her allegiance, she also faces an internal struggle. Falling deeply in love with her lady in waiting, the stunning Ebba Sparre, she is left confused and wanting. As the forces converge, Kristina is pushed towards making one of the greatest and most scandalous decisions in history. This is the story of the young Kristina, preceding this momentous and influential decision.
Mika Kaurismäki: “Shooting The Girl King was an intense experience; in spite of long research and preparations it felt almost like a jump into the unknown. During these few unforgettable weeks we created and lived our own 17th century and shared step by step Queen Kristina’s emotional journey to freedom. It was fantastic to work with such a great ensemble of actors and see how the characters came alive, in flesh and blood, beautifully supported by cinematography and production design.”
THE GIRL KING is written by award winning Michel Marc Bouchard (Tom at the Farm, Lillies). The film is an English language international co- production between Finland (Marianna Films), Canada (Triptych Media and Galafilm), Germany (Starhaus Filmproduktion) and Sweden (Anagram).
CAST: Malin Buska (“Easy Money”, “Happy End”) in the title role, Sarah Gadon (“Belle”, “Enemy”, “Cosmopolis”, “The Amazing Spiderman 2”, “Dracula Untold”) as Ebba Sparre, Michael Nyqvist (“Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol”, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”) as Axel Oxenstierna, Lucas Bryant ( “Haven”, “The Vow”), Laura Birn (“Purge”, “Inner Trial”) as Erika Erksein, Hippolyte Girardot (“The Conquest”, “Lady Chatterley’s Lover”) as ambassador Hector Pierre Chanut, Peter Lohmeyer (“Tom Sawyer”, “Soul Kitchen”) as the Bishop of Stockholm, François Arnaud (“Copperhead”,”The Borgias”) as Karl Gustav, Patrick Bauchau (“Secretary”, “Panic Room”) as René Descartes and Martina Gedeck (“Night Train to Lisbon”,”The Nun”) in the role of Kristina’s mother, Queen Maria Eleonora.