BECOMING ASTRID OPENING AT THE CINEMA ART THEATER
Starting on December 7, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society’s Cinema Art Theater will present BECOMING ASTRID, a drama about the courageous coming-of-age of one of the most revered children’s book authors of all time. BECOMING ASTRID not only won the Audience Award for Best Feature at the 21st Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival, it was also the highest scoring of all the films rated by the audience that played at the Festival this year.
Teenaged Astrid Lindren (Alba August), who later went on to write the Pippi Longstocking series, leads a carefree life with her family in the forests and fields of rural Sweden. Restless and eager to break free from the confines of her conservative upbringing, she accepts an internship at a local newspaper where she attracts the attention of its married editor, Blomberg (Henrik Rafaelsen). After Astrid becomes pregnant, she leaves her childhood home and goes to Copenhagen to secretly give birth to a son, Lasse, whom she reluctantly leaves in the care of a foster mother, Marie (Trine Dyrholm). Astrid goes into self-imposed exile in Stockholm, refusing Blomberg’s offer of marriage and saving up her paltry salary for visits to see Lasse. When Marie falls ill, Astrid uses her imagination and flair for storytelling to reconnect with her son. In spite of her struggles, Astrid emerges with a newfound courage that will later form the foundation of a vast and beloved body of work. [2018, Sweden/Denmark, in Swedish and Danish with English subtitles, Runtime: 123 minutes, Rated: Not Rated].
Glenn Kenny of “RogerEbert.com” writes, “This film about an exemplary woman, made by women, is as much a pleasure as it is a lesson.” “Beautifully shot and refreshingly candid, with a sparkling performance from Alba August,” writes Kathryn Shattuck of “The New York Times.”
Screening times are 4:00 pm on Friday (Dec 7), 7:15 pm on Saturday (Dec 8), 3:00 pm on Sunday (Dec 9), 1:00 pm on Wednesday (Dec 12) and 7:00 pm Thursday (Dec 13). Admission for CAT: THIS WEEK films is $8 for members and $11 for future members. Customers are encouraged to purchase tickets online. If seats are available, tickets can be purchased at the theater, starting 30 minutes prior to each screening.
The mission of the RBFS is promoting cinematic arts and providing education and cultural enrichment for our community. The Film Society sponsors ongoing screenings, special events, and the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival (October 31 – November 10, 2019). Having met all the requirements for best practices in nonprofit management, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society is accredited by the Standards for Excellence Institute®. The Film Society is funded, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com. For more information on this series, other events, or to become a member, visit the Rehoboth Beach Film Society website at www.rehobothfilm.com, or call 302-645-9095.