Biopic About Pippi Longstocking Author “Becoming Astrid” Acquired by Music Box Films

Becoming Astrid”: Erik Molberg Hansen

A biopic of Pippi Longstocking’s creator is on the way. Deadline reports that Music Box Films has snagged U.S. rights to “Becoming Astrid,” Pernille Fischer Christensen’s look into the life of Swedish author Astrid Lindgren.

Written by Christensen and Kim Fupz Aakeson (“Perfect Sense”), the pic premiered at the Berlinale in February. “Becoming Astrid” depicts the young life of Lindgren and “sheds light on the events and influences that shaped her” and led to the creation of Pippi Longstocking, an outgoing, supernaturally strong child with iconic red pigtails. Alba August (“Below the Surface”) plays the title role in “Becoming Astrid.”

The first “Pippi Longstocking” book was published in 1945, and the heroine has been the subject of a number of films and TV series.

“We are looking forward to bringing the inspiring yet untold story of one of Sweden’s most beloved writers to U.
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Berlin Film Review: ‘Becoming Astrid’

Berlin Film Review: ‘Becoming Astrid’
The biopic “Becoming Astrid” is a gorgeous piece of heritage filmmaking that chronicles a character-forming period in the young life of the Swedish writer born as Astrid Ericsson, who would go on to worldwide fame as Astrid Lindgren, one of the most beloved children’s authors ever. Doing right by this national treasure in her most formative stage, Danish helmer Pernille Fischer Christensen and her longtime co-writer Kim Fupz Aakeson credibly prove that the eventual creator of “Pippi Longstocking” and “Ronia the Robber’s Daughter” was as strong and determined as her characters. With a vibrant performance from fresh-faced Alba August as the lead, “Becoming Astrid” looks sure to become a hot seller and makes one eager for more episodes from Lindgren’s astonishingly unconventional life.

While the narrative is framed by scenes that show the late-life Astrid (Maria Fahl Vikander) receiving birthday greetings and fan mail from scores of young readers, the majority
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TrustNordisk boards biopic of children’s author Astrid Lindgre

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TrustNordisk boards biopic of children’s author Astrid Lindgre
Becoming Astrid to chronicle early years of Pippi Longstocking creator.

TrustNordisk has boarded sales for Pernille Fischer Christensen’s Becoming Astrid, which is shooting now in Göteborg, Stockholm, Berlin and Altenburg.

Alba August = the 23-year-old daughter of Pernilla August and Bille August - stars in the lead role, with co-stars Trine Dyrholm, Magnus Krepper and Maria Bonnevie.

The film is about the early years of famed children’s author Astrid Lindgren (Pippi Longstocking) when she experienced something that was a “combination of both miracle and calamity that came to shape her entire life.”

Kim Fupz Aakeson wrote the script.

Producers are Anna Anthony for Avanti Film and Lars G. Lindström for Nordisk Film Production Sweden in co-production with Film Väst, TV4, Nordisk Film Production Denmark and Dcm, in association with Dr.

The project has support from the Swedish Film Institute, the Danish Film Institute, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
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‘Borg/McEnroe,’ ‘The Square,’ ‘Darling’ Set For Goteborg’s Industry Days

‘Borg/McEnroe,’ ‘The Square,’ ‘Darling’ Set For Goteborg’s Industry Days
Janus Metz Pederson (“Armadillo”)’s “Borg vs McEnroe” with Shia Labeouf, and Ruben Ostlund’s “The Square” with Elisabeth Moss are among the most anticipated Scandinavian work-in-progress titles set for the Nordic Film Market hosted during Goteborg Film Festival’s industry days.

Both films are part of the 18 work-in-progress features selected by Cia Edström, Goteborg’s head of industry, and her team.

“Borg vs McEnroe” stars up-and-comer Sverrir Gudnason (“Monica Z”) as Swedish player Bjorn Borg and Labeouf as John McEnroe. The film chronicles the 1980 Wimbledon final and sheds light on the two tennis stars’ complex relationship and rivalry.Tre Vanner and Sf Studios are producing, while Svensk handles international sales.

The Square,” meanwhile, is a satirical film turning on the creative director of a museum who is desperate to build some buzz around an upcoming exhibition and decides to hire a PR agency which has no boundaries. The film is produced by Plattform Produktion.
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Lrm Exclusive Interview: Stellan Skarsgard And Director Hans Petter Moland for In Order Of Disappearance

All stories of revenge end up awry in one way or another.

Actor Stellan Skarsgard reunites with director Hans Petter Moland once again for a dark comedy tale about revenge in Norway with In Order Of Disappearnce.

The film follows a father who seeks out a drug lord who killed his son. As the drug lord’s minions turn up dead one-by-one, the hilarity ensues as the bad guys seek out the mysterious man responsible.

Lrm had a phone interview with Stellan Skarsgard and director Hans Petter Moland earlier this month. The conversation was over the dark humor, working on so many collaborations and filming in the cold, cold Norwegian environment.

In Order Of Disappearance is currently released in limited theaters in select cities across America and also available on VOD today.

Read the full transcript below.

Lrm: Congratualations, gentlemen. This long journey of film festivals have finally came to an end.
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In Order Of Disappearance Review

I’m fairly certain I’d watch Stellan Skarsgård do anything. Train a puppy to roll over? Sounds amazing. Delicately cook a perfect Frittata? I’ll be in the front row. But Skarsgård is at his absolute best when brutal violence is involved, only because of his endearingly maniacal appreciation of a good genre role. Only a few months ago he was able to play a boisterous European mobster in Our Kind of Traitor, and luckily, Hans Petter Moland’s In Order Of Disappearance gives us another Skarsgård role to love with almost no wait in between. A less cartoonish, grief-driven turn this time around for Skarsgård, but more killer Skarsgårdian goodness nonetheless. I thought August was supposed to be filled with crap? Yet here’s another positive review coming out of what might be a record-breaking high for typical late-summer garbage.

Skarsgård plays Nils Dickman, a Norwegian snow-plower whose
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‘In Order Of Disappearance’ Trailer: Stellan Skarsgård Brings Laughs To Norwegian Dark Comedy — Watch

‘In Order Of Disappearance’ Trailer: Stellan Skarsgård Brings Laughs To Norwegian Dark Comedy — Watch
“In Order of Disappearance” premiered at the Berlin Film Festival back in 2014, and is finally now arriving to Us theaters this year. Directed by Norwegian filmmaker Hans Petter Moland, the dark comedy stars Stellan Skarsgård as Nils, an introverted and hard-working snow plow driver who receives news that his son has died of a heroin overdose. Disbelieving of the official report, he soon uncovers that his son was killed by a drug cartel and begins his quest for revenge.

The movie was written by Kim Fupz Aakesonl and also stars Bruno Ganz, Pål Sverre Hagen, Jakob Oftebro and Kristofer Hivju. Upon its premiere, “In Order of Disappearance” received positive reviews.

Read More: Berlin Review: Stellan Skarsgard Is a Killing Machine In Enjoyable Dark Comedy ‘In Order Of Disappearance

IndieWire’s Eric Kohn wrote in his review that it “cleverly magnifies the way each man is trapped in the mazes of
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Dark Wit and White Snow Collide in U.S. Trailer For Norwegian Thriller ‘In Order Of Disappearance’

If you like tales of bloody revenge, sharp wit, and Stellan Skarsgärd murdering people, we have the movie for you. In Order Of Disappearance, which has just been given its first U.S. trailer, is a Norwegian thriller that follows a fathers quest for revenge after his son is murdered and the incident is framed as an overdose. Bouncing around the festival and international circuits before being acquired by Magnolia Pictures, they’ll finally release it later this summer.

With a pitch-black wit and a cold, pale color palette, In Order of Disappearance looks to be a solid piece of revenge cinema. We said in our review: “The film simply wouldn’t work if it didn’t have layers that improved upon the simple story of a father seeking revenge. Thankfully, In Order of Disappearance is filled with so many twists on what you expect that it feels refreshing. Beautifully
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Nordisk Fond gives largest doc grant to Brugger's 'Hammerskjold'

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Nordisk Fond gives largest doc grant to Brugger's 'Hammerskjold'
Fond also backs two TV serires and Lisa Langseth’s new feature.

In its June round of funding, Nordisk Film & TV Fond supported seven new projects, including its largest ever production grant for a documentary, $118,000 (Nok 1m), to Mads Brügger’s [pictured] Cold Case Dag Hammerskjöld.

The Danish documentary is produced by Peter Engel of Wingman Media, in co-production with Norway’s Piraya Film, Sweden’s Laika Film and Belgium’s Associate Producers. Again with his unique style also on camera The Ambassador director Brugger reopens the case of legendary former Un Secretary Dag Hammarskjöld who died in a plane crash in Northern Rhodesia in 1961.

Dr handles world sales on the film, which will be delivered in 2017.

The Fond also supported these projects in its latest round:

A Modern Man (documentary) $56,000 $231,000 (Nok 500,000) Produced by Danish Documentary and directed by Eva Mulvad, this film is an existential journey with violinist and model Charlie Siem. Rides Upon the
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Agnieszka Holland, Tom Of Finland films get Swedish Film Institute backing

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The Swedish Film Institute has backed nineteen projects in its latest round of funding.

Swedish director Sanna Lenken, who won Berlin’s Crystal Bear in 2015 with My Skinny Sister, is now making a 30-minute short Night Child (Nattbarn), based on a graphic novel by Hanna Gustafsson.

The story is about 14-year-old girl Iggy “who lives a parallel online life to avoid the everyday tedium. A story about identity, sexuality, borderlands and friendship.”

The film is one of several new productions getting backing from the Swedish Film Institute. Others include Dome Karukoski’s anticipated new Tom Of Finland biopic [pictured] and Agnieszka Holland’s Polish drama Game Count.

Other projects backed, listed from highest investments, are:

Becoming Zlatan, wr/dirs Fredrik Gertten, Magnus Gertten; prods Margarete Jangård, Lennart Ström. Documentary about charismatic footballer Zlatan Ibrahimović. $246,000 (2m Sek)

Tom Of Finland, dir Dome Karukoski, wr Aleksi Bardy, prods Gunnar Carlsson, Emma Åkesdotter Ronge. Drama about the
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Film Review: ‘Rosita’

Film Review: ‘Rosita’
A lonely, middle-aged widower in a small fishing village arranges for a young Filipino to come to Denmark as his fiancee, but gets more than he bargains for when his adult son falls for his prospective bride in “Rosita,” a compelling humanist drama from the talented Danish helmer Frederikke Aspock (“Labrador”). Modest but punching far above its weight in terms of emotional connection, this naturalistically shot tale about unspoken expectations and unreciprocated dreams boasts fine acting and credible scripting, creating equal sympathy for all three leads. Cinematheque and broadcast programmers should take note of this popular fest item, which nabbed the best director prize at the Moscow Film Festival.

The action is set on Denmark’s windswept north Jutland peninsula, in a rural hamlet where fish dominates the local economy and drinking is the main source of entertainment. It’s a place where the men are stoic and emotions rarely run high,
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AMC Orders Clyde Phillips Drama ‘Broke’ to Series

AMC Orders Clyde Phillips Drama ‘Broke’ to Series
AMC has given a straight to series order to “Broke,” the drama hailing from “Nurse Jackie” and “Dexter” writer/showrunner Clyde Phillips. Based on the Danish series “Bankerot” created by Kim Fupz Aakeson and produced by Dr Broadcasting, “Broke” is a drama about two best friends who take one last shot at their dream of opening a restaurant together. One is a brilliant chef in trouble with the Mob and the law, and the other is the best sommelier in the city who is the widowed father of a teenage son. Also Read: AMC's 'Turn: Washington Spies' Stars Strike a Stately Pose in.
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Danish Drama From Clyde Phillips Gets Straight-to-Series Order at AMC (Exclusive)

As Clyde Phillips prepares to say farewell to Showtime's Nurse Jackie with the series finale on Sunday, he's already lined up his next gig. The showrunner behind Dexter and the Edie Falco comedy has landed a straight-to-series 10-episode order at AMC for a remake of Danish drama series Bankerot titled Broke, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Based on the Danish series created by Kim Fupz Aakeson and produced by Dr Broadcasting, Broke revolves around two best friends who take one last shot at their dream of opening a restaurant together. One is a brilliant chef in trouble

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Child 44's Daniél Espinosa to direct 'The Emigrants'

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Child 44's Daniél Espinosa to direct 'The Emigrants'
Child 44 director Daniél Espinosa is to helm a new adptation of period epic The Emigrants for Scandinavian major Svensk Filindustri.

Details of the project were announced at the annual press conference held in Cannes by Swedish regional fund Film Väst.

The Emigrants tells the story of Kristina and her husband Karl-Oskar, who emigrate from Sweden to America in the 1850s. Determined to flee poverty, religious persecution, and social oppression, they head across the Atlantic in search of a better life.

An earlier adaptation of EspinoVilhelm Moberg’s acclaimed novel was made in 1971 by revered director Jan Troell that was nominated for five Academy Awards and won a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

The Emigrants will be scripted by Petter Skavlan (Kon Tiki.) It is to be produced by Fredrik Wikström Nicastro at Svensk Filmindustri, and co-produced by Film Väst. Shooting is scheduled to begin in 2017, in the Västra Götaland region of western Sweden.

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In Order Of Disappearance DVD Review

Director: Hans Petter Moland

Cast: Stellan Skarsgård, Kristofer Hivju, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Pål Sverre Hagen, Bruno Ganz, Anders Baasmo, Tobias Santelmann, Jakob Oftebro, Hildegard Riise

Certificate: 15

Run Time: 116 minutes

Snowploughing Citizen of the Year Nils Dickmann (Stellan Skarsgård) is proof that ‘Norwegian kids shouldn’t disappear because of obnoxious parents looking for them’ in Hans Petter Moland’s latest film, In Order Of Disappearance.

Set amidst Norway’s mountainous winterscape, Moland and Skarsgård’s fourth collaboration is a noirish ‘Pulp Fiction went to Fargo’ comedy that sadly fails to measure up to the wit, violent humour, and humorous violence of Tarantino and the Coen Brothers.

Don’t get me wrong – I actually enjoyed this film…a lot, and was disappointed when I missed its screening at the Sydney Film Festival back in June, 2014. Kim Fupz Aakeson’s screenplay contains numerous moments of brilliance like Nils’ showdown with Striker (Kristofer Hivju
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European Film Awards: Vogt, Östlund, Pawlikowski, Zvyagintsev , Glazer & Ceylan Among 50 Contenders

This year’s European Film Awards are officially out of the gates with a not so lean 50 film submissions to select from. The 27th edition collects titles that date back to last year’s Venice and Toronto Int. Film Festivals moving into Sundance-Rotterdam-Berlin and finally Cannes of ’14. Among the 31 European countries represented, we’ve got likes of the Palme d’Or winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan leading the huge pack of contenders including Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin and Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida. Here’s the complete list of 50!:


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Directed By: Milko Lazarov

Written By: Milko Lazarov, Kitodar Todorov & Georgi Tenev

Produced By: Veselka Kiryakova

Amour Fou


Written & Directed By: Jessica Hausner

Produced By: Martin Gschlacht, Antonin Svoboda, Bruno Wagner, Bady Minck, Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu & Philippe Bober

Beautiful Youth

Hermosa Juventud


Directed By: Jaime Rosales

Written By: Jaime Rosales & Enric Rufas

Produced By: Jaime Rosales,
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Watch Stellan Skarsgård's crime drama In Order of Disappearance trailer

Watch Stellan Skarsgård's crime drama In Order of Disappearance trailer
An official international trailer for director Hans Petter Moland's In Order of Disappearance has been released.

The thriller stars Thor: The Dark World's Stellan Skarsgård as a grieving father.

Skarsgård portrays Nils, a snow plow driver who goes on a mission of vengeance to track down his son's killers.

Birgitte Hjort Sørensen and Kristofer Hivju also star in the Norwegian feature. Kim Fupz Aakeson (A Somewhat Gentle Man) penned the script.

The film debuted back in April at the Tribeca Film Festival and opened in the UK on September 12.

In February, it was announced that Skarsgård will star in a new BBC One crime series.
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Movie Review – In Order of Disappearance (2014)

In Order of Disappearance, 2014.

Directed by Hans Petter Moland.

Starring Stellan Skarsgård, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen and Kristofer Hivju.


A grieving father hunts down those responsible for his sons death.

This is a comedy. It’s got an international sensitivity so the humour, though dark and black, is tricky to navigate. In Order of Disappearance, in its white vistas and father-on-a-killing-spree plot, seems to downplay the connection it could have to recent Daddy-action romps Taken and Three Days to Kill. This time with Stellan Skarsgård in the Dad role, rather than merely kidnapped, his son has been murdered and he is hunting down those responsible, one-by-one.

Nils Dickmann (Skarsgård) is introduced as “Citizen of the Year” through his expert snow-ploughing skills (something Stellan Skarsgård told Flickering Myth was a huge amount of fun). The Twin Peaks Norwegian village he lives within seems to include a vast array of different drug-financed
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Trailer for the Revenge Thriller In Order Of Disappearance with Stellan Skarsgård

Stellan Skarsgård (Thor, The Avengers) stars in an upcoming Norwegian revenge thriller called In Order of Disappearance. This looks like a great movie. For as dark as it looks, they still manage to throw in some comedic elements. The movie was directed by Norwegian filmmaker Hans Petter Moland (Comrade Pedersen, A Somewhat Gentle Man) from a script by Kim Fupz Aakeson. Here's a description of the story:

Introverted and hard-working snow plow driver Nils (Stellan Skarsgard) has just been named Citizen of The Year, when he receives news that his son has died of a heroin overdose. Disbelieving the official report, Nils soon uncovers evidence of the young man’s murder—a victim in a turf war between the local crime boss, known as "The Count", and his Serbian rivals. Armed with heavy machinery and a good dose of beginner’s luck, Nils embarks upon a quest for revenge that
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Fantasia 2014: Thomas’s 5 Movies

It’s really a testament to the scope and variety of the things one can see at the Fantasia International Film Festival that my top 5 Fantasia films this year can contain a big-budget sci-fi Blockbuster and a movie so obscure and bizarre that I’ll likely never get a chance to see it again. The entire spectrum of film making is encompassed in Fantasia’s 2014 program, from the ultra-budget to the micro-budget, and all places in between. Old and new, comedy and tragedy (and mixes thereof), you can see it all at Fantasia, and no matter what it is, odds are it will be something you’ll remember for a long time to come. This year five films in particular left a lasting impression on me, and they seem to encompass that all-important Fantasia variety quite nicely.



Written by Al Caplin, Jon Caplin and Jordan Rubin

Directed by Jordan Rubin

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