Becoming Astrid

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Becoming Astrid
Becoming Astrid poster.jpg
Directed byPernille Fischer Christensen
Produced by
Screenplay by
Starring
Music byNicklas Schmidt
CinematographyErik Molberg Hansen
Edited by
Production
company
Distributed by
Release date
  • September 14, 2018 (2018-09-14) (Sweden)
Running time
123 minutes
Country
Language
  • Swedish
  • Danish

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

Plot[edit]

Children from all over the world write letters to Astrid Lindgren (Maria Fahl Vikander), which makes her dream back to her youth in Småland.[1] When she (Alba August) worked at Vimmerby tidning, she falls in love with the 30-year older chief editor Reinhold Blomberg (Henrik Rafaelsen).[1] She becomes pregnant with her son Lars, and when Blomberg was in divorce, she had to give birth to her son in Copenhagen, where she did not have to disclose the father's name.[2]

Her son spent his first years in a Danish foster family.[1] At the Royal Automobile Club, Astrid met Sture Lindgren (Björn Gustafsson), who later came to be her husband.[1]

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Astrid and Sture Lindgren's daughter Karin Nyman, has criticized the film about her mother, stating that her mother would have felt enormous reluctance for such a film, and that the period in her life, the relationship with Reinhold Blomberg, the son's birth, and foster home stay, was something private, which she did not want to focus on.[2] Nyman compared the film with other biographical films, about Winston Churchill or Björn Borg, where one focused on what they accomplished in life, rather than a few years of the person's most intimate private life.[2]

Accolades[edit]

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 [3][4]
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Peterson, Jens (February 21, 2018). ""Unga Astrid" – en gripande film om Astrid Lindgren". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Jofs, Stina. ""Astrid hade sagt nej, ett absolut och rungande nej."". Vi (in Swedish). Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  3. ^ "De är nominerade till Guldbaggen 2019". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). January 3, 2019. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  4. ^ "Guldbaggevinnarna 2019" (in Swedish). January 28, 2019. Retrieved February 16, 2019.

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