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FILM OPENS: December 07, 2018

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The teenaged Astrid Lindgren (Alba August) leads a carefree life with her family in rural Sweden. Eager to break free from her strict religious upbringing, she accepts an internship at a local newspaper where she attracts the attention of its married editor, Blomberg (Henrik Rafaelsen). When Astrid becomes pregnant, she is forced to leave her childhood home for Copenhagen to secretly give birth to a son, Lasse, whom she reluctantly leaves with a foster mother, Marie (Trine Dyrholm). Astrid goes into self-imposed exile in Stockholm, refusing Blomberg's offer of marriage but saving up her paltry salary for visits to see her son. When Marie falls ill, Astrid uses her imagination and flair for storytelling to reconnect with her child. In spite of her struggles, she emerges with a newfound courage that will form the foundation of a vast and beloved body of work.

  • Director: Pernille Fischer Christensen
  • Country: Sweden | Denmark
  • Genre: Biography | Drama
  • Year: 2018
  • Run Time: 02:03:00
  • imdb Score: 7.4/10 (519 votes)
  • Language: Swedish, Danish
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Cast: Trine Dyrholm, Bjorn Gustafsson, Magnus Krepper, Maria Bonnevie
"With a vibrant performance from fresh-faced Alba August as the lead, "Becoming Astrid" looks sure to become a hot seller and makes one eager for more episodes from Lindgren's astonishingly unconventional life."
Alissa Simon - VARIETY

"Using the fan letters of children as touchstones, the film tells a story which contains many of the same stirring qualities - resilience, triumph over adversity - which made Lindgren's fiction so enduringly popular."
Wendy Ide - SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

AWARDS

Chicago Int'l Film Festival 2018
Best Foreign Language Film

Mill Valley Film Festival 2018
Audience Favorite

World Cinema
Silver Award

Scottsdale Int'l Film Festival 2018
Best Film

Scottsdale Int'l Film Festival 2018
Best Director - Pernille Fischer Christensen

Scottsdale Int'l Film Festival 2018
Best Actress in a Leading Role - Alba August

Transatlantyk Festival: Lodz 2018
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FESTIVALS

Berlin Int'l Film Festival 2018

Leiden Int'l Film Festival 2018

Zurich Film Festival 2018

European Art Cinema Day 2018

CPH PIX 2018