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Becoming Astrid

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Overview

Teenaged Astrid Lindren (Alba August), who later went on to write the Pippi Longstocking series, leads a carefree life with her family in the forests and fields of rural Sweden. Restless and eager to break free from the confines of her conservative upbringing, she accepts an internship at a local newspaper where she attracts the attention of its married editor, Blomberg (Henrik Rafaelsen). After Astrid becomes pregnant, she leaves her childhood home and goes to Copenhagen to secretly give birth to a son, Lasse, whom she reluctantly leaves in the care of a foster mother, Marie (Trine Dyrholm). Astrid goes into self-imposed exile in Stockholm, refusing Blomberg’s offer of marriage and saving up her paltry salary for visits to see Lasse. When Marie falls ill, Astrid uses her imagination and flair for storytelling to reconnect with her son. In spite of her struggles, Astrid emerges with a newfound courage that will later form the foundation of a vast and beloved body of work.

Cast & Crew
  • Astrid : Alba August
  • Marie : Trine Dyrholm
  • Hanna : Maria Bonnevie
  • Sture : Björn Gustafsson
  • Samuel : Magnus Krepper
  • Blomberg : Henrik Rafaelsen
  • 1987 Astrid : Maria Fahl Vikander
  • Landlady : Li Brådhe
  • Director : Pernille Fischer Christensen
  • Screenplay : Kim Fupz Aakeson, Pernille Fischer Christensen
  • Producer : Anna Anthony, Maria Dahlin, Lars G. Lindström
  • Director of Photography : Erik Molberg Hansen
  • Editor : Tess Lindberg, Kasper Leick, Åsa Mossberg
  • Production Designer : Linda Janson
  • Art Director : Sabine Engelberg, Sandra Lindgren
Technical Info
  • Production Year : 2018
  • Release Date : 11/23/18
  • Countries of Production : Sweden, Denmark
  • Languages : Swedish, Danish
  • Running Time : 123 Minutes
  • Screen Ratio : 2.35:1
  • Sound : 5.1
  • Color : Color
  • Rating : Not Rated
Theatrical Engagements
Theater Name
City
State
Date
Los Angeles
California
11/23/2018
New York
New York
11/23/2018
Minneapolis
Minnesota
11/23/2018
Cambridge
Massachusetts
11/30/2018
Denver
Colorado
11/30/2018
Irvine
California
11/30/2018
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
11/30/2018
Berkeley
California
11/30/2018
San Francisco
California
11/30/2018
Washington
DC
11/30/2018
Beaufort
South Carolina
11/30/2018
Monterey
California
11/30/2018