Nine-year-old Karl Anders Nilsson, ‘Andy’, lives on Upplandsgatan in Stockholm with his foster parents Auntie Hulda and Uncle Olaf. They think he’s difficult and a nuisance. Andy wishes he had a father just like his friend Ben’s, who builds model airplanes with him. Andy’s real mother died when he was born and his foster mother believes that his father was probably just a good-for-nothing.
Through Auntie Lundin at the fruit-sellers, a magical golden apple, and a genie in an empty bottle, Andy travels to Greenfields Island and the Farawayland. Down by the seashore Andy discovers his father the King, who has been looking for him for nine years. It turns out his name isn’t Andy after all - but Mio.
From Greenfields Island there’s a bridge leading to Outer land where the cruel Knight Kato resides, where almost everything is black, and where the people are starved and miserable. Mio and his friend Pompoo accept the mission to fight against Kato and liberate Outer land.
A magnificent and beautiful adventure tale about abandonment, about being little and having to shoulder great responsibility, about parenthood, good and evil, and about the power of love.
Astrid Lindgren recounted how she got the idea for the book when she walked through the Tegnérlunden park in Stockholm and saw a boy sitting alone on a bench. It was a dark autumn evening and he looked so lonely and sad.
A fantasy film about the lonely boy who is transferred from his dull life with his adoptive parents to the land where his real father is the king. Starring Christopher Lee and Christian Bale, among others.