The Ape Star

Linda Hambäck, Sweden, 2021

75 min.Feature

There is nothing else Jonna wants as much as a mother. Throughout her eight-year old life, she has lived at the orphanage Sunnyside. One day, an old Volvo Amazon, comes sliding up the yard. A gorilla steps outside the car and picks out Jonna to come and live with her. Jonna leaves with her and it soon becomes clear that Gorilla and Jonna have more in common than what they initially thought. Sadly, just as things are getting really comfy, Tord from the local authorities shows up and threatens to send Jonna back to the orphanage.
Basic information Credits
Original title Apstjärnan
Danish title Abestjernen
Director Linda Hambäck
Screenplay Janne Vierth
Producer Linda Hambäck, Petter Lindblad
Director of Photography Gabriel Mkrttchian
Editor Ulf Tønder Flittig, Linda Hambäck
Sound Mats Blomberg
Composer Minna Weurlander, Tania Naranjo
Production designer Ola Larsson, Morten Lund Thulstrup
Production country Sweden, Denmark
Domestic distribution SF Studios
Danish theatrical release 18.11.2021
Danish rating Not recommended for children under 7
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Production company Nørlum ApS
Executive Producer LEE Film
Co-production Mikrofilm, Film i Väst, Sveriges Television
With support from Svenska Filminstitutet, Norsk Filminstitutt, Det Danske Filminstitut, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Den Vestdanske Filmpulje, Creative Europe
Domestic distribution SF Studios


Direction Linda Hambäck


Screenplay Janne Vierth
Storyboard My Eklund


Producer Linda Hambäck
Producer Petter Lindblad
Co-producer Claus Toksvig Kjaer
Co-producer Frederik Ditlev Villumsen


Cinematographer Gabriel Mkrttchian


Editor Ulf Tønder Flittig
Editor Linda Hambäck


Composer Minna Weurlander
Composer Tania Naranjo

Production design

Production designer Ola Larsson
Production designer Morten Lund Thulstrup


Sound designer Mats Blomberg


Johanne Ida Procter
Gorillaen Anette Støvelbæk
Tor Lars Brygmann
Gerda Hanne Hedelund
Aron Bilal Mahdaoui
Giovanni Hadi Ka-Koush
Gustav Christopher Læssø
Sekretæren Sarah Boberg
Voice Christiane Kirk
Voice Frederik Rose
Voice Oliver Berg
Voice Sasia Mølgaard
Voice Mathias Kirk
Voice Bille Emil Fischerson
Voice Laurits Laursen
Voice Mads Haaber
Voice Jesper Voetmann
Voice Judith Rothenborg


Animation supervisor Elinor Bergman
Character design Maria Nilsson Thore

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