Lasse Hallström’s Hilma brings to life the story of a woman who posthumously revolutionized the art world as one of the first abstract artists. In this immersive biopic starring Tora Hallström as the young Hilma, and Lena Olin as the mature Hilma, we follow the artist from her early life through her rising artistic career and spiritual awakening after the loss of her beloved younger sister Hermina. Hilma explores af Klint’s spiritualism, her unconventional love life, and the impetus behind her work — from the writings of Rudolph Steiner to the strong influence of the Theosophic Movement, and her belief in its mystical philosophy — in a portrait of a woman well ahead of her time.

Having remained unknown and unrecognized as the woman who invented abstract painting after her death in 1944, a 2019 Guggenheim Museum exhibition devoted to Hilma af Klint’s work became her first major solo exhibition in the U.S., revolutionizing the art world and art history while displacing Kandinsky, Malevich and Mondrian as the fathers of Modernism.

Starring twice Oscar nominated Lena Olin, Tora Hallström, Catherine Chalk, Lily Cole, and Tom Wlaschiha

Director: Lasse Hallström. Sweden, 2022, 120 min. In English.



Lars Sven "Lasse" Hallström is a Swedish film director who first gained recognition for directing nearly all of world-renowned Swedish pop group Abba’s music videos. He later went on to direct acclaimed feature films like WHAT’S EATING GILBERT GRAPE, CHOCOLAT, HACHI: A DOG’S TALE and many more. He has been nominated for several Academy Awards, including Best Directing and Best Adapted Screenplay for MY LIFE AS A DOG (1988), as well as Best Directing for THE CIDER HOUSE RULES (2000).


“I've spent several years trying to understand the mystery of Hilma af Klint. This is a story about an unwavering search for the truth about humanity and the universe, at a time when men set all the rules. Despite so many obstacles, Hilma created art that influences our lives today. My ambition is for the audience to experience these struggles with all their senses.”


‘Hilma’ Review: Lasse Hallström’s Vivid Portrait of a Visionary Artist Captures the Agony and the Ecstasy The Swedish filmmaker’s latest feature is the first biopic of the painter Hilma af Klint.


Spirited and sensuous.

The Hollywood Reporter

Sheri Linden, January 11 2023

Hallstrom wins the audience back with his sincere connection to af Klint, played in her bullheaded youth by his daughter, Tora Hallstrom, and in her muttering years by his wife, Lena Olin.

The New York Times

By Amy Nicholson

(Lasse’s) new film is sensitive to and respectful of its subject, ...and does honor to Af Klint and her mad visions.

Depicting the interior inspiration of an artist is a challenge for a film director, which is why most biopics of creative folk tend to focus instead on gossip and surface—tempestuous affairs, bad behavior and the like. In “Hilma,” however, Sweden’s most successful living filmmaker has attempted to unlock the imagination of Swedish painter Hilma af Klint (1862-1944),

The Wall Street Journal

By Kyle Smith

…(Hilma)is sensual, whimsical (sometimes to a fault) and feels as comfortable to slip into as a silk robe.


By Tomris Laffly

Lasse Hallström’s beautifully crafted biopic brings to life an almost unknown Swedish painter who was an avant gardiste, spiritualist and Theosophist.

The Film Verdict

Lucy Virgen, January 17th, 2023

Watching her modernistic, and sometimes prescient, visions come to life on the canvas is awe-inspiring, and the film is the near-perfect match of subject, filmmaker, and actors.

Third Coast Review


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