The Ape Star

Linda Hambäck

Sweden, Norway, Denmark, 2021 / 75 min / French version (FR) / Animation, family

An unexpected meeting between a mother and her daughter, a story of adoption tinged with humor and tolerance!

Jonna, an 8-year-old girl, has always lived in the Sun orphanage. One day, her dearest wish finally comes true: she is adopted. However, Jonna is beyond surprised when she discovers that her new mom is… a gorilla! After a period of adaptation, far from her friends and learning to live with a new atypical mother, things start to get better and Jonna begins to blossom under Gorilla's benevolent and tender eyes. Mother and daughter soon realize that they have more in common than they initially thought. But things go south when the terrible Tord, the mayor of the city, threatens to separate them in order to take back Gorilla's land where he wants to build a huge water park that would bear his name.

“This animated story from Sweden about an unusual adoption is gently paced, quiet, and quirky.”
- Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media, 17/09/2021

  • Best Feature Nominee, Annecy International Animated Film Festival, 2021 (France)
  • Michel Award, Hamburg Film Festival, 2021 (Germany)
  • Club of Festivals Children, International Film Festival for Children and Young Audience, 2021 (Sweden)
Cast & Credits
Rebecca Gerstmann (voice), Pernilla August (voice), Melinda Kinnaman (voice)
Jan Vierth, D’après le livre « The Ape Star » de Frida Nilsson
Gabriel Mkrttchian
Baptiste Boucher
Tania Naranjo, Minna Weurlander
Mikrofilm, Norlum, Film i väst and SVT
Les Grignoux

Linda Hambäck, born in 1974 in Seoul, is an author and film producer living in Sweden. She has worked in cinema and television since graduating from the Stockholm Dramatic Institute in 1998. Since 2004, she has specialized in animated film, first working at FilmTecknarna, a Swedish animation studio. Linda produced several critically acclaimed films, including the animated part of Malik Bendjelloul's Oscar-winning documentary Sugar Man. In 2011, she launched her own production company, LEE Film, and in 2012 made her first short film: Fighting Spirit.

  • 2021 – The Ape Star
  • 2017 – Gordon and Paddy
  • 2016 – Bajsfilmen – Dolores och Gunelles värld
  • 2014 – Tänk om…
  • 2013 – Fighting Spirit