From Pippi Longstocking to Ronja Räubertochter to Michel from Lönneberga: No other name is so inextricably linked to so many fascinating children’s books as Astrid Lindgren’s. Her stories have shaped the lives of millions of people worldwide to this day. In addition, the “Swede of the Century” and Peace Prize winner of the German book trade tirelessly campaigned for the rights of children.
Her own childhood, however, ended early, when Astrid became illegitimately pregnant at the age of 18 – a scandal in 1920s Sweden. The film sensitively portrays how the young Astrid finds the courage to overcome the hostility of her environment and to lead a free, self-determined life as a modern woman. Furthermore, ASTRID records how these experiences would shape the later works and the involvement of the author.
Directed by the multiple Berlinale Award winner Pernille Fischer Christensen, who wrote the screenplay together with the children’s author Kim Fupz Aakeson: “My film about the youth of Astrid Lindgren is a personal homage to one of the greatest artists in Scandinavia. A declaration of love to a woman who, with her strong personality, blasted the prevailing norms of gender and religion in her society.”
ASTRID is an international production with DCM as a co-producer. The film was shot not only in Sweden, but also in Berlin and Altenburg (Thuringia). The film is produced by Lars G. Lindström (Nordisk Film Sweden) and Anna Anthony (Avanti Film) in co-production with DCM, Film i Väst, Nordisk Film, TV4 and in cooperation with the DR. The project received support from Swedish Film Institutes, Danish Film Institute, the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH and the Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung and Creative Europe Media.
Astrid Lindgren is played by the 23-year-old newcomer Alba August. Other roles include Trine Dyrholm (THE COMMUNE, WHOAMI), Magnus Krepper (VERDAMMNIS) and Henrik Rafaelsen (WELCOME TO NORWAY)