The Reel Queer Film Series presents: The Girl King
The Reel Queer Film Series at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center presents a free screening of The Girl King on September 6, 2017 at 7pm. The screening is followed by a talkback with Beth Corzo-Duchardt, Visiting Assistant Professor of Media & Communications at Muhlenberg College.
This lush English-language period drama recounts the life of Sweden’s Queen Kristina, an enigmatic, flamboyant, and unpredictable woman centuries ahead of her time who ascended the throne at age six, was raised as a prince, and strived to bring peace and education to her country—while pursuing an illicit romance with her female royal attendant.
Growing up as a tomboy with a strong intellectual appetite, young Kristina finds herself thrown into a political frenzy as a teenager. Saddled with the Thirty Years War between Protestants and Catholics, Kristina steers her country away from the conservatives while privately grappling with her own sexual awakening, in the form of Countess Ebba Sparre, her lovely lady-in-waiting. Her quest to understand love runs parallel with her quest to understand humanity and the violent and restrictive forces conspiring against her. Torn between the conflict of political and personal aspirations, Kristina chooses to make one of the most controversial decisions in history.
The 2015 film’s epic screenplay by Michel Marc Bouchard is brought to the screen by esteemed director Mika Kaurismaki. The Girl King stars Malin Buska in the title role as well as Sarah Gadon, Michael Nyqvist, Lucas Bryant, Laura Birn, Hippolyte Giradot, and more.
Awards & Accolades for The Girl King
Winner, Best Actress: Malin Buska, Montreal World Film Festival
Winner, Audience Award, Best Film, Montreal World Film Festival
“The Girl King is beautiful… the chemistry between the two women is spot on.” — AfterEllen.com
“A steamy and sumptuous period piece… this romantic re-imagining doesn’t flinch as the queer queen invites her beautiful handmaiden to be her “bed-warmer” and refuses to don dresses or marry.” — OutMagazine.com
“There’s more than enough drama, complexity and speculative intrigue in the single decade of Christina’s adult reign to sustain an epic miniseries…The primary focus here is on the monarch’s passionate devotion to lady-in-waiting Countess Ebba Sparre (a wide-eyed Sarah Gadon), whose status becomes a matter of bawdy public rumor even before Christina appoints her official ‘bedfellow.’” — Variety
“Very fun.” — Autostraddle.com
This is a sober social event, no alcohol will be served.