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Unga Astrid

Becoming Astrid


Kim Fupz Aakeson (Screenwriter). Henrik Rafaelsen (Actor), Pernille Fischer Christensen (Director, Screenwriter), Alba August (Actress), Maria Dahlin (Producer)

Moderation: Nikolaj Nikitin

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Astrid and her siblings count themselves lucky to be growing up on their parents’ parsonage farm in Vimmerby. Although their daily routine is shaped by strict religious values, their mother Hanna and father Samuel always manage to give them security and a sense of freedom. Astrid’s parents enable her to attend a secondary school that would normally be the preserve of wealthy bourgeois kids, and they do not get in the way of the 18-year-old when the owner of the local newspaper offers her a position as a volunteer in the editorial office. Not only does Reinhold Blomberg teach her to proof-read and write texts, he also falls in love with her. When she becomes pregnant, Astrid makes a momentous decision: she refuses to marry him and instead decides to take care of herself and her son Lasse on her own.
In her film about the youth of the writer Astrid Lindgren (1907–2002), Pernille Fischer Christensen portrays a strong, independent young woman who breaks social norms and faces difficult decisions with courage. Alba August plays Astrid as both wild and thoughtful, a responsible young woman battling her own feelings of guilt.

Pernille Fischer Christensen

Sweden / Germany / Denmark 2018

Swedish, Danish

123 min · Colour

World premiere


Alba August (Astrid)
Maria Bonnevie (Hanna)
Trine Dyrholm (Marie)
Henrik Rafaelsen (Blomberg)
Magnus Krepper (Samuel)
Björn Gustafsson (Sture Lindgren)


Pernille Fischer Christensen
Kim Fupz Aakeson, Pernille Fischer Christensen
Director of Photography
Erik Molberg Hansen
Åsa Mossberg, Kasper Leick
Nicklas Schmidt
Sound Design
Andreas Franck, Bent Holm
Henric Andersson
Production Design
Linda Janson
Cilla Rörby
Linda Boije af Gennäs
Jeanette Klintberg, Jette Termann, Djamila Hansen
Production Manager
Denise Carlford
Maria Dahlin, Anna Anthony, Lars G. Lindström
Executive Producer
Henrik Zein
Tomas Eskilsson, Josefine Tengblad, Marc Schmiedheiny, Christoph Daniel, Dario Suter, Joel Brandeis, Tomas Radoor, René Ezra
Film i Väst, Trollhättan
TV4, Stockholm
DCM Pictures, Berlin
Nordisk Film Production, Kopenhagen


Pernille Fischer Christensen

Recognised as one of Denmark’s most successful directors, she won her first prize in 1999 at the Cannes Film Festival for her short film Indien which she made during her training at the National Film School of Denmark. Her debut feature film En Soap (A Soap) celebrated its world premiere at the 2006 Berlinale and won the Silver Bear and the Best First Feature Award. En familie (A Family) also screened in the Berlinale Competition and won the FIPRESCI award. Her most recent appearance at the Berlinale was with En du elsker (Someone You Love) in 2014.


1995 Honda Honda; short 1997 Pigen som var søster; short 1999 Indien; short 2002 Habibti min elskede; short 2006 En Soap (A Soap) 2008 Dansen (Dancers) 2010 En familie (A Family) 2014 En du elsker (Someone You Love) 2018 Unga Astrid (Becoming Astrid)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018

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Nordisk Film Production Sverige

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