Starts Friday, January 4
This compelling biopic chronicles a character-defining period in the young life of Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren, who later achieved worldwide fame as the much-beloved author of the classic children’s book, Pippi Longstocking.
“A gorgeous piece of heritage filmmaking.” – Alissa Simon, Variety
In Becoming Astrid, the teenaged Lindgren 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 hopes to cultivate her burgeoning creativity. But seduced by her boss and bearing his child, Astrid must quickly learn to fend for herself as a young woman – and proves to be just as strong, determined and resilient as her greatest fictional heroine. In spite of her struggles, Astrid emerges with a newfound courage that will later form the foundation of a vast and internationally-acclaimed body of work. (Dir. by Pernille Fischer Christensen, 2018, Sweden/Denmark, in Swedish/Danish with English subtitles, 123 mins., Not Rated)