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The Ape Star

Genre:  Animation, Adventure
Target Audience:  Family
Original Title:  APSTJÄRNAN
Year:  2021
Based on: the novel by Frida Nilsson
Original Version:  Sweden
Duration: 76′
Subtitled in: English, Swedish

The Ape Star

There is nothing the orphan Jonna wants more than a mother in Linda Hambäck’s animated adaptation of Frida Nilsson’s award winning novel THE APE STAR, about outsiders and unconventional love. The feisty young girl dearly wants to be adopted. Jonna will accept anyone, really, so long as her new parent loves Jonna… and only Jonna. But when her potential new mom drives up to the orphanage in an old car, she gets a big shock when the door opens and a gorilla steps out! Jonna is not sure she wants to leave with the big, clumsy primate at first, but ape and girl quickly overcome their physical differences. But can their newfound domestic bliss survive the scheming of a local bully who’s out to separate the two?


Director: Linda Hambäck
Scriptwriter: Janne Vierth
Cast: Stellan Skarsgård, Pernilla August, Melinda Kinnaman, Rebecka Gerstmann
Producer: Linda Hambäck & Petter Lindblad
Director of photography: Gabriel Mkrttchian
Sound design: Mats Blomberg
Editor: Ulf Tønder Flittig & Linda Hambäck
Production Design: Ola Larsson