Pippi Longstocking, a girl with freckles and extraordinarily large shoes. The Six Bullerby Children, restless and playful. Karlsson on the Roof, a mischievous fellow with his head in the clouds. Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter, whose adventures would always take our breath away. The Brothers Lionheart whose poignant story never fails to move us to tears. All these charming characters were created by Astrid Lindgren. This year marks the 110th anniversary of the birth of this renowned Swedish author. As children, we often knew her stories by heart, but how much do we really know about the author herself?
Astrid Lindgren’s Week, organized by the Scandinavian House in early June, aims at offering exciting insights into the less known facts of the life and work of the author. You are cordially invited to join us for a discussion, following the release of Lindgren’s War Diaries in the Czech Republic, and discover more about the author’s views on war and about her involvement in animal protection. Astrid, a documentary film from 2015, will be screened as part of our Nordic Film Thursdays project. In cooperation with the Ponrepo for Kids cycle, a film adaptation of Emil of Lönneberga will be screened. The screening will be followed by a workshop featuring various activities for children.
PROGRAMME OF THE FESTIVAL:
1. 6. 19:00 Two Faces of Astrid Lindgren
Discussion about War Diaries and animal protection
Literary Café Řetězová (Řetězová 10)
4. 6. 15:00 Ponrepo for Kids: Emil of Lönneberga
Screening of the adaptation and workshop for children
Ponrepo Cinema (Bartolomějská 11)
8. 6. 19:00 Nordic Film Thursdays: Astrid
Swedish documentary movie from 2015
Evald Cinema (Národní 28)
In Swedish with Czech subtitles
A fascinating look into the life of Astrid Lindgren. This documentary will show you the many faces of the famous childrens books author. Lindgren’s life suddently changed by an unplanned pregnancy and being a single mother, a great sin in the eyes of the contemporary society, she was forced to put her son Lasse into foster care. During World War II, when she worked undercover for the Swedish secret service, she kept a unique war diary, which was later published in book form. In the 70s she began her career as an activist and social commentator. She critically approached the social-democratic government, fought for human and animal rights and against nuclear energy, among others.
In the end of May, there will be Astrid Lindgren Week in Brno as well.
Astrid Lindgren’s Week in Prague has been supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and the Embassy of Sweden in Prague. The events will be held in cooperation with the Komorní Kino Evald, the National Film Archive, the Literary Café Řetězová, the Swedish Film Institute, the Swedish Institute, Slepice v nouzi and the Slovart and Albatros publishing houses. We would like to express our gratitude to them for their support and cooperation.