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The Girl King (2015)

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THE GIRL KING paints a portrait of the brilliant, extravagant Kristina of Sweden, queen from age six, who fights the conservative forces that are against her ideas to modernize Sweden and who have no tolerance for her awakening sexuality.


Mika Kaurismäki
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Malin Buska ... Queen Kristina
Sarah Gadon ... Countess Ebba Sparre
Michael Nyqvist ... Chancellor Axel Oxenstierna
Lucas Bryant ... Count Johan Oxenstierna
Laura Birn ... Countess Erika Erksein
Hippolyte Girardot ... Ambassador Pierre Hector Chanut
Peter Lohmeyer ... Bishop Of Stockholm
François Arnaud ... Karl Gustav Kasimir
Patrick Bauchau ... René Descartes
Ville Virtanen ... Doctor Van Wullen
Martina Gedeck ... Maria Eleonora of Brandenburg
Timo Torikka ... Father Viogué
Lotus Tinat Lotus Tinat ... Young Queen Kristina
Jannis Niewöhner ... Count Jakob de la Gardie
Mikko Leppilampi Mikko Leppilampi ... Count Magnus de la Gardie


An enigmatic young woman in conflict - torn between reason and passion; between her woman's 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 brilliant mind and her drive to be free. Written by Triptych Media Inc.

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Release Date:

11 December 2015 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Turku, Finland See more »


Box Office


€6,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When the film was first announced, Sarah Polley was to play the leading role. See more »


Queen Kristina: [greeting the philosopher René Descartes] By Christ's balls! I hate to be kept waiting...
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Referenced in Mika Kaurismäki, elokuvaohjaaja (2015) See more »


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The King has spoken
10 January 2016 | by ccorral419See all my reviews

Palm Springs International Film Festival- Film Review: The Girl King. Director Mika Kaurismaki and Writer Michel Marc Bouchard bring to the screen the tale of Sweden's 17th-century monarch Kristina, who takes the thrown at the age of six and later assumes the power over her country at the age of 18. The fact that she is a woman now reigning of the country run by men, takes a back seat to her desire to change her country from war and division to a society of peace. While this battle to turn her people around is fought by many, there is an underlying need/call for her to marry and producer an off-spring. Yet, with many a handsome suitor at her taking (including Lucas Bryant and François Arnaud), Kristina (Malin Buska) has eyes on her lady-in-waiting Countess Ebba Sparreat (Sarah Gadon). For a film that is relatively unknown (except in the Gay/Lesbian arena), this small film is produced with excellence, featuring terrific acting, period piece costumes, intriguing dialogue and storyline that keeps the audience waiting to see what Kristina will do with her life. Small independent films that pack a wallop like "The Girl King" are what Film Festivals are all about.

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