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Becoming Astrid

Film Preview Screening — Becoming Astrid

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 6:30pm

In advance of the local opening of Becoming Astrid (Music Box Films) on November 23 at a local Landmark Theatre (TBD), ASI will host a special film preview in Larson Hall on November 14, which would have been Astrid Lindgren’s birthday.  

Becoming Astrid is a "gorgeous piece of heritage filmmaking" (Variety) that chronicles the young and challenging life of the Swedish writer born as Astrid Ericsson (1907-2002), who would go on to worldwide fame as Astrid Lindgren, one of the most beloved children’s authors ever.

Official synopsis: Teenaged Astrid Lindgren, future author of Pippi Longstocking, 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. After Astrid becomes pregnant, she leaves home to give birth to a son, whom she reluctantly leaves with a foster mother. When the foster mother falls ill, Astrid uses her imagination and flair for storytelling to reconnect with her child.

To view the new trailer from Music Box Films click here.

To continue to quote Alissa Simon on Variety, "Doing right by this national treasure in her most formative stage, Danish helmer Pernille Fischer Christensen and her longtime co-writer Kim Fupz Aakeson credibly prove that the eventual creator of “Pippi Longstocking” and “Ronia the Robber’s Daughter” was as strong and determined as her characters. With a vibrant performance from fresh-faced Alba August as the lead, “Becoming Astrid” looks sure to become a hot seller and makes one eager for more episodes from Lindgren’s astonishingly unconventional life."

Advisory: this film contains adult content not appropriate for children.

More information on the location and times of the local run will be available later at

Included in museum admission. Pay on arrival.

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