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Becoming Astrid
Becoming Astrid poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Pernille Fischer Christensen
Produced by
  • Lars G Lindström
  • Anna Anthony
  • Maria Dahlin (film producer)
Screenplay by
Starring
  • Alba August
  • Maria Bonnevie
  • Magnus Krepper
  • Trine Dyrholm
  • Henrik Rafaelsen
  • Björn Gustafsson
  • Maria Fahl Vikander
Music by Nicklas Schmidt
Cinematography Erik Molberg Hansen
Editing by
  • Kasper Leick
  • Åsa Mossberg
Studio
  • Nordisk Film
  • Avanti Film
  • DCM Productions
  • Det Danske Filminstitut
  • Film i Väst
  • Nordisk Film Production
Distributed by
  • Nordisk Film (Sweden)
  • DCM Film Distribution (Germany)
Release date(s) 14 September 2018 (2018-09-14) (Sweden)
Running time 123 minutes
Country
  • Sweden
  • Denmark
Language
  • Swedish
  • Danish
Money made $885,740

Becoming Astrid (Swedish: Unga Astrid, Danish: Unge Astrid) is a 2018 biographical drama film about the early life of Swedish author Astrid Lindgren. An international co-production between Sweden and Denmark, the film is directed by Pernille Fischer Christensen, from a screenplay co-written by Christensen and Kim Fupz Aakeson, and stars Alba August and Maria Fahl Vikander as young and elder incarnations of Lindgren, alongside Maria Bonnevie, Magnus Krepper, Trine Dyrholm, Henrik Rafaelsen and Björn Gustafsson.

The film premiered at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival on 21 February 2018, and was theatrically released in Sweden on 14 September 2018, as well as in Denmark on 31 January 2019.

Plot

Children from all over the world write letters to Astrid Lindgren (Maria Fahl Vikander), which makes her dream back to her youth in Småland. When she (Alba August) worked at Vimmerby tidning, she falls in love with the chief editor, Reinhold Blomberg (Henrik Rafaelsen), who is 30 years her senior. She becomes pregnant with a son, Lars. As an unwed mother, she chooses to give birth to her son in Copenhagen, where she did not have to disclose the father's name.

Her son spent his first years in a Danish foster family. At the Royal Automobile Club, Astrid met Sture Lindgren (Björn Gustafsson), who later came to be her husband.

Cast

  • Alba August as Astrid Ericsson
    • Maria Fahl Vikander [sv] as Older Astrid
  • Maria Bonnevie as Hanna Ericsson, Astrid's mother
  • Magnus Krepper as Samuel August Ericsson, Astrid's father
  • Henrik Rafaelsen [fr; no; sv] as Reinhold Blomberg [sv], editor-in-chief of Vimmerby magazine, and father of her son Lars
  • Trine Dyrholm as Lars' Danish foster mother
  • Björn Gustafsson as Sture Lindgren, Astrid's later husband
  • Li Brådhe as Landlord
  • Mira Mitchell as Berta
  • Sofia Karemyr as Madicken

Production

Principal photography took place at Marquardt Palace in Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany as well as in Västra Götaland in Sweden.

Release

MJK 12782 Pernille Fischer Christensen and Alba August (Berlinale 2018)
Pernille Fischer Christensen and Alba August at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival.

Following its premiere at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival, Becoming Astrid was screened at the Chicago International Film Festival, where its North American distribution rights were purchased by Music Box Films. The film received a limited theatrical release on 23 November 2018.

Accolades

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref(s)
Guldbagge Awards 28 January 2019 Best Film Lars G Lindström, Maria Dahlin and Anna Anthony (producers) Nominated
Best Actress Alba August Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Henrik Rafaelsen Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Maria Bonnevie Nominated
Best Costume Design Cilla Rörby Nominated
Art Direction Linda Janson Nominated
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