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The up-and-coming Swedish actress Malin Buska has arrived, with her Best Actress win at the 39th Annual Montreal World Film Festival (MWFF) for The Girl King, which won the Audience Award for Most Popular Film.

Malin Buska
Malin Buska – Photo by Iñaki Pardo / San Sebastian Film Festival

Euro TV fans might recall Malin Buska (Happy End, Blowfly Park) in Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter – Prime Time. If not, no matter, because it’s a good bet that hers is a name we’ll hear more often, as her award-winning performance as Queen Kristina of Sweden has put her squarely in the sights of producers on both sides of the fjords.

The historical drama The Girl King is the story of one of the most iconic queens in history. Crowned Queen Kristina of Sweden in 1633 at the age of six and raised as a prince, she was an enigmatic and brilliant young leader who fought conservative forces to revolutionize Sweden while falling in love with another woman and exploring her awakening sexuality. Torn between conflicts of political and personal aspirations, Kristina made one of the most controversial choices in history.

The Girl King costars Sarah Gadon (The Amazing Spiderman 2, Dracula Untold), Michael Nyqvist (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Millennium trilogy, 100 Code), Lucas Bryant (Haven, The Vow), Laura Birn (Purge, Inner Trial), Hippolyte Girardot (The Conquest, Lady Chatterly’s Lover), Peter Lohmeyer (Tom Sawyer, Soul Kitchen), Francois Arnaud (Copperhead, The Borgias), Patrick Bauchau (Secretary, Panic Room), and Martina Gedeck (Night Train to Lisbon, The Nun).

The English-language film is written by Quebecois playwright Michel Marc Bouchard, adapted from his play Christina, The Girl King, and directed by Finnish director Mika Kaurismäki (L.A. Without a Map).

The Girl King is set to have theatrical releases this fall in the US (with VoD, SVoD, and DVD following), German-speaking territories, Scandinavian countries, and Australia and New Zealand, amongst others.

A co-production between Finland, Canada, Germany, and Sweden, The Girl King is produced by Marianna Films, Triptych Media, Starhaus Filmproduktion, Galafilm Productions, and Anagram, with the participation of the Finnish Film Foundation, Telefilm Canada, Eurimages, West Finland Film Commission, Nordisk Film & TV Fund, The Swedish Film Institute, SODEC (Société de Développement des Entreprises Culturelles – Québec), FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, FFA (Filmförderungsanstalt), OMDC (Ontario Media Development Corporation), The Harold Greenberg Fund, Technicolor, Movie Central, YLE, The Movie Network, Super Ecran, and SVT in co-production with BR/ARTE.


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Malin Buska Wins Best Actress Award for ‘The Girl King’ at Montreal World Film Festival