Becoming Astrid, a critically acclaimed feature detailing the life Swedish author Astrid Lindgren (Pippi Longstocking), hits DVD and Digital March 9 via Music Box Films.
Featuring Alba August (Netflix’s The Rain) as Lindgren, the feature was inspired by Danish writer/director Pernille Fischer Christensen’s fateful glance at a picture. “One day I saw in a newspaper a photo of Astrid in Denmark, holding a child [her son Lasse] by the hand, [which was promoting] the book Astrid Lindgren’s Life in Images. In the book, there are many photos of her as a teenager and a young woman. She looks skinny, sometimes depressed, but also full of fire and spirit,” says Christensen. “I knew nothing of that part of her life. I decided to dig into Astrid’s past to know more about her and her child and read many of her books, over and over again. I understood how those formative years were decisive in her becoming a writer.”
Special features on the DVD include a featurette on the movie’s premiere at the 2018 Berlin Film Festival and interviews with actress Alba August and director Pernille Fischer Christensen.