Biopic about Astrid Lindgren coming, thanks to Nordisk Film

The life of Swedish author, Astrid Lindgren, is going to become a new film directed by the Dane Pernille Fischer Christensen.

Lindgren is the creator of popular children’s series Pippi Longstocking, Emil of Lönneberga,Karlsson-on-the-Roof and the Six Bullerby Children. In total, Lindgren wrote over 100 books and was, at one point, the world’s 18th most translated author and the third most translated children’s writer, behind Hans Christian Andersen and The Brothers Grimm.

Lindgren passed away in 2002, aged 92.

Today, the Lindgren name is associated with two literary prizes and an asteroid (because of course). This isn’t the first film about Lindren – in 2015 Kristina Lindström directed a three-part documentary TV series for Swedish public broadcaster SVT about her life.

Danish award-winning writer-director Pernille Fischer Christensen has been attached to the film. Fischer Christensen most recently directed Someone You Love, starring Mikael Persbrandt, and she has also directed A Soap, which won a Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, and A Family, which received the international critic’s FIPRESCI prize at the German festival.

Principal photography begins in February 2017 with release set for 2018.


Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.