The Ape Star
(Denmark, Norway, Sweden/2021 —directed by Linda Hambäck)
Though Jonna’s home is filled with wonderful kids and a caring guardian, she can’t help but pin her hopes on one day being adopted. When that long-awaited day finally arrives, she learns that love comes in all shapes, sizes, and, er, creatures… like the enormous ape with the equally enormous heart who wants to take Jonna home. Using her own experience as an adoptee, director Linda Hambäck shares this hilarious and moving story through a powerful, nuanced lens.
A warm tale of love over greed, the joy in the things that make us different, and the life-changing magic of sometimes letting things get a little messy, The Ape Star is sure to win hearts. Recommended for families with children 6 and over. (73 minutes)