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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

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.

by
Pernille Fischer Christensen

Sweden / Germany / Denmark 2018

Swedish, Danish

123 min · Colour

World premiere

With

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

Crew

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

Biography

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.

Filmography

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)

Produced by

Avanti Film
Stockholm, Sweden
+46 73 3508023
www.avantifilm.se

Nordisk Film Production Sverige
Stockholm, Sweden

World sales

TrustNordisk
Hvidovre, Denmark
+45 2974 6206

www.trustnordisk.com

Dates

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    Wed Feb 21 21:00
    Friedrichstadt-Palast (E)
  • 220301
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    Thu Feb 22 12:30
    Zoo Palast 1 (E)
  • 221122
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    Thu Feb 22 15:30
    Neues Off (E)
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  • 220741
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    Thu Feb 22 18:30
    Friedrichstadt-Palast (E)
  • 250011
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    Sun Feb 25 10:00
    Berlinale Palast (E)

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