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Becoming Astrid

 

Country: Sweden

Length: 123 min

Director: Pernille Fischer Christensen

Language: Swedish, Dutch subtitles

Premiere: 29-11-2018

Cast: Alba August, Trine Dyrholm, Magnus Krepper, Maria Bonnevie

Writer Astrid Lindgren’s most famous creation was the immortal Pippi Longstocking, the tenacious, free-spirited character beloved of children the world over. Pernille Fischer Christensen’s sparkling biopic focuses on Lindgren’s life between the ages of 16 and 21 in 1920s Sweden, and it shows Pippi’s individualism was not purely a product of the author’s imagination: Lindgren herself lived as radically as the fictitious Pippi—and paid a price for it… The energetic and decidedly nonconformist 18-year-old Astrid (a riveting Alba August, daughter of director Billie) breaks free of her early life of farmhand drudgery and goes to work as an intern for Reinhold Blomberg (Henrik Rafaelsen), the editor of local paper. Soon, she is pregnant by him, a married man…

‘Gorgeous… With a vibrant performance from fresh-faced Alba August as the lead, Becoming Astrid… makes one eager for more episodes from Lindgren’s astonishingly unconventional life… Christensen takes to period filmmaking like a duck to water, and brings to it an uncommon energy. Erik Molberg Hansen’s dynamic, natural-light, widescreen lensing is full of visual interest and matches the sweep of Nicklas Schmidt’s lush string score.’—Alissa Simon, Variety

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