Becoming Astrid (Unga Astrid)



Lark Theatre Thu, Oct 11, 2018 6:00 PM
Lark Theatre Fri, Oct 12, 2018 2:00 PM
Rafael 3 Sat, Oct 13, 2018 2:30 PM
Film Info
Category:Mind the Gap
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:123 min.
Premiere Status:US
Director:Pernille Fischer Christensen
Producer:Anna Anthony
Maria Dahlin
Lars G. Lindström
Screenwriter:Kim Fupz Aakeson
Pernille Fischer Christensen
Cinematographer:Erik Molberg Hansen
Editor:Kasper Leick
Åsa Mossberg
Cast:Alba August
Maria Bonnevie
Magnus Krepper
Trine Dyrholm
Henrik Rafaelsen
Print Source:Music Box Films
Note Writer:Monica Nolan


Before there was Pippi (Longstocking), there was the talented journalist and aspiring writer, Astrid Lindgren. And prior to her emergence as a beloved, world-renowned children’s author, there was the free-spirited Astrid Ericsson (Alba August, A Serious Game, MVFF 2016), a small-town teenager bursting with anarchic energy, doing the Charleston by herself at the village dance. This superb coming-of-age narrative connects the dots between Lindgren’s most famous character, Pippi, and her own remarkable defiance of social norms, as a fiercely independent-minded career woman and unwed mother, by choice. Astrid’s restless curiosity leads her into, and out of, an affair with her married boss—and the resulting pregnancy left-turns the film from biopic territory into a taut drama about the struggles of single motherhood in 1920s Sweden. Gorgeously shot (the camera is always hurrying after Astrid, trying to catch up), the storytelling is swift and understated, perfectly suited to the pioneering author and her unforgettable legacy.

Sponsored by:

Consulate General of Sweden and the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation

In association with Mill Valley Book Depot & Cafe

Additional Information

Pernille Fischer Christensen studied at the National Film School of Denmark. She received the Cinéfondations 3rd Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for her student short India (1999) and won the Danish Film Academy’s Best Short Film Award for Habibti My Love. Her debut feature film, A Soap (2006), had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, winning the Silver Bear and the Best Debut Film Award, and going on to win other awards. Her films include A Family (2010), winner of a FIPRESCI Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival, and Someone You Love (2014).