In 1920, Astrid Lindgren, who was born into a family of very devout Swedish farmers, was 16 years old and her head was full of dreams. She got a job as a secretary for a local newspaper and fell in love with its chief editor, Reinhold Blomberg, who was married and 25 years her senior. When she fell pregnant by him, Astrid’s parents accepted neither the pregnancy nor the relationship, which was viewed with disapproval in the village. She was forced to go to Denmark to give birth, and she had a nurse look after the baby to give Blomberg time to divorce his wife and marry Astrid. But the divorce proceedings were long and complicated, and Astrid, broken-hearted, saw her son grow up without her…
This compelling portrait of a young woman fighting for her freedom, starring the wonderful Alba August, deals with the formative years of Astrid Lindgren who, years later, would become the celebrated author of the Pippi Longstocking stories.
Original title: Unga Astrid
Director: Pernille Fischer Christensen
With Alba August, Maria Bonnevie, Trine Dyrholm
Sweden/Denmark/Germany, Biopic, Drama, in Swedish with French subtitles, 2h 03mins, suitable for all audiences
Admission free upon registration, limited seating available.
Entrance from 8:30 p.m. through the garden gates at 10, rue Elzévir.
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