Becoming Astrid


Mary D. Fisher Theatre Fri, Dec 14, 2018 7:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Mon, Dec 17, 2018 7:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Tue, Dec 18, 2018 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Thu, Dec 20, 2018 4:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Narrative Feature
Release Year:2018
Run Time:123 minutes
Production Country:Sweden/Denmark
Original Language:Danish/Swedish
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Pernille Fischer Christensen
Cast:Alba August
Trine Dyrholm
Maria Bonnevie
Henrik Rafaelsen


The poignant true story of a character-defining period in the life of “Pippi Longstocking” author Astrid Lindgren, “Becoming Astrid” follows a teenaged Astrid as she struggles with being a young, unwed mother.

Astrid (Alba August) leads a carefree life in rural Sweden. Eager to break free from her conservative upbringing, she accepts an internship at a local newspaper where she attracts the attention of its married editor, Blombert (Henrik Rafaelsen). After Astrid becomes pregnant, she leaves home to give birth to a son, whom she reluctantly leaves with a foster mother.

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.

“Quite beautiful, and the performances are pitch-perfect.” — Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

“Beautifully shot and refreshingly candid, with a sparkling performance from Alba August.” — Kathryn Shattuck, The New York Times

“A gorgeous piece of heritage filmmaking.” — Alissa Simon, Variety

"Absorbing. As Astrid, Alba August is high-spirited, rebellious, and resourceful.” — Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader

“This film about an exemplary woman, made by women, is as much a pleasure as it is a lesson.” — Glenn Kenney,