June 2

Becoming Astrid (2018, Swedish with English subtitles)

Biopic of Astrid Lindgren, author of numerous children’s books, including the well-known Pippi Longstocking. Teenaged Astrid Lindren 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. 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. 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.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ia4cgd7D90M

Available to stream on Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play and Vudu for a small fee

VBMA Film Studies Coordinator, Diane Thelen

Did you read Pippi Longstocking when you were a child? Have you read the stories to your children or grandchildren? What books have made an impact on your life? Becoming Astridbrought to mind Asya Reznikov’s video installation Packing Art History (2011) and all the books that have helped to define or encapsulate the identity of museums and the discipline of art history. Are there books or artworks that helped to define or reflect your identities?

Image credit: Asya Reznikov. Packaging Art History, 2011. Video installation

This week, May 29 to June 7, several film festivals, including Cannes and Sundance, are streaming for free on YouTube. Browse the films and the schedule here on the We Are One: A Global Film Festival website: http://www.weareoneglobalfestival.com/. Stream for free on the We Are One YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChMc3c7Xvv6ol1Zv47Ja39A/videos

Give us your thoughts on the film and any connections you made to the VBMA collections on social media. #VBMAFlickPicks #VBMA #MuseumAtHome #ArtCanHelp

In addition to streaming on the above-mentioned platforms, Becoming Astrid will be available for loan from the DVD film library at the VBMA when the DVD library reopens. Become a member of the Film Society to check out films. www.vbmuseum.org