Official U.S. trailer released for ‘Becoming Astrid’

American fans of Astrid Lindgren rejoice! The biopic on the famous Swedish writer now has its official U.S. trailer.

Alba August (Below the Surface) plays the young Astrid Lindgren, and Maria Fahl Vikander (Alicia Vikander’s mother) plays the older Astrid. Most of the film is set while Astrid was in her late teens, and we learn of his farm girl living in Southern Sweden who lives with her hardworking, churchgoing family. Astrid, however, is a free-thinker and is constantly questioning everything around her. Her talent as a writer earns her an internship at a local newspaper, and she falls in love with the editor Reinhold Blomberg (Henrik Rafaelsen). When Astrid becomes pregnant, Blomberg can’t immediately marry her – he’s already the father of seven and going through a messy divorce with his second wife. Unable to bring shame to her family, Astrid relies on Blomberg’s assistance to enrol in a school in Stockholm.

Becoming Astrid captures what it was like to give birth to a child out of wedlock in Sweden in the 1930s. Babies born in Sweden were required to have a father on the birth certificate, and since Blomberg’s wife was campaigning to have him jailed as an adulterer, Astrid gives birth in Denmark, where she doesn’t have to name the father. She travels to Copenhagen and to the suburban home of a nurturing earth mother Marie (Trine Dyrholm) and leaves her infant son to be fostered there.

Becoming Astrid will be released in some U.S. cities from the 23rd of November 2018.

You can watch the trailer below.

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.