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The New Land (1972) More at IMDbPro »Nybyggarna (original title)

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The New Land -- Max von Sydow and Liv Ullmann star in the Oscar-nominated continuation of "The Emigrants" saga about America's new settlers who carve homes and a new life out of the wilderness.


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26 February 1972 (Sweden) See more »
The life of an immigrant family from Sweden in the Minnesota's forests, during mid 19th century Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 9 wins See more »
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Max von Sydow ... Karl-Oskar

Liv Ullmann ... Kristina
Eddie Axberg ... Robert Nilsson
Pierre Lindstedt ... Arvid

Allan Edwall ... Danjel
Monica Zetterlund ... Ulrika
Hans Alfredson ... Jonas Petter
Agneta Prytz ... Fina Kajsa
Halvar Björk ... Anders Månsson
Tom C. Fouts ... Pastor Jackson
Peter Lindgren ... Samuel Nöjd
Per Oscarsson ... Pastor Törner
Oscar Ljung ... Petrus Olausson
Karin Nordström ... Judit Olausson (as Karin Nordström-Järegård)
Larry Clementson ... Mr. Abbot
Georg Anaya ... Mario Vallejos
Ed Carpenter ... Medical officer
Bengt Ottekil ... Fredrik Mattson
Elsa Hofgren ... brothelmum
Margita Nyström ... Whore
Hans Elfvin ... Sven
Solveig Samzelius ... Ragnhild
Leif Sandberg ... Neighbour
Lasse Martinsson ... Karl-Oskar's and Kristina's son
Pelle Martinsson ... Karl-Oskar's and Kristina's son
Sara-Lena Arnoldsdotter ... Karl-Oskar's and Kristina's daughter
Frans Oddner ... Karl-Oskar's and Kristina's son
Yvonne Oppstedt ... Karl-Oskar's and Kristina's daughter
Linn Ullmann ... Karl-Oskar's and Kristina's daughter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eva-Lena Zetterlund ... Elin, Ulrika's Daughter (uncredited)

Directed by
Jan Troell 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bengt Forslund 
Vilhelm Moberg  novel
Jan Troell 

Produced by
Suzanne Dausereau .... associate producer
Lotti Ekberg .... associate producer
Bengt Forslund .... producer
Art L. Malmsten .... executive producer
Original Music by
Bengt Ernryd 
Georg Oddner 
Cinematography by
Jan Troell 
Film Editing by
Jan Troell 
Production Design by
P.A. Lundgren 
Costume Design by
Ulla-Britt Söderlund 
Makeup Department
Cecilia Drott .... makeup artist
Bengt Ottekil .... hair stylist
Art Department
Peter Høimark .... property master
Sound Department
Eddie Axberg .... sound editor
Eddie Axberg .... sound
Berndt Frithiof .... sound mixer
Lars C. Lundberg .... sound
Sten Norlén .... sound editor
Sten Norlén .... sound
Tommy Sundqvist .... sound editor
Björn Öberg .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Ove Alström .... still photographer
Georg Engstrand .... electrician
Rolf Holmquist .... assistant camera
Dick Kehl .... electrician: USA
Staffan Liljander .... assistant camera
Other crew
Katinka Faragó .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"Nybyggarna" - Sweden (original title)
"The Settlers" - International (English title) (literal title)
"Unto a Good Land" - International (English title) (informal title)
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Mexico:157 min | USA:102 min | Sweden:204 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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The movie and its prequel The Emigrants (1971) were Oscar nominated on the same year (1972), though in different categories. This is the first and only occurrence of such event.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When Robert and Arvid are in the desert and Robert falls into the pit, you can see the shadow of director Jan Troell holding the camera.See more »
Karl-Oskar:[as Kristina dies] Kristina! Stay!See more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
"Illuminating historic drama...", 10 April 2012
Author: Sindre Kaspersen from Norway

Swedish screenwriter, film editor, cinematographer and director Jan Troell's fourth feature film which he edited, photographed and co- wrote with Swedish screenwriter and producer Bengt Forslund, is an adaptation of the novels "The Settlers" (1956) and "The Last Letter Home" (1959) by Swedish author Vilhelm Moberg (1898-1973) which is the last two parts of his tetralogy, "The Emigrants suite" (1949-1959). It premiered in Sweden, was shot on locations in Sweden and USA and is a Swedish production which was produced by Bengt Forslund, is the second and last part of a two-part film and was preceded by "The Emigrants" (1971) and was produced by Bengt Forslund. It tells the story about Karl-Oskar Nilsson and Kristina Johansdotter who after having emigrated from Småland, Sweden with many other Swedish emigrants, travels from New York City, USA to an area in Taylor Falls, Minnesota, USA. Karl-Oskar finds and claims a piece of land for his family at a place called Ki-Chi-Saga and there they settle after saying goodbye to his brother Robert and his friend Arvid.

Acutely and engagingly directed by Jan Troell, this period drama set against the backdrop of America during the late 1850s and 1860s, draws an extensive and gripping portrayal of a group of Swedish emigrants who travels to the United States to make new and better lives for themselves and a compassionate portrayal of a relationship between a peasant and his wife who are striving to support their children and themselves in a foreign country during the American Civil War. While notable for its poignant production design by Swedish art director P.A. Lundgren (1911-2002), the brilliant cinematography by Jan Troell and the fine costume design by Swedish costume designer Ulla-Britt Söderlund (1943-1985), this character- driven and dialog-driven epic examines themes like family relations, interpersonal relations, friendship, poverty, religion, cultural differences, love, courage and dignity.

With the natural surroundings playing an important and symbolic part of the story and depicting various character portrayals, this reverent sequel becomes an in-depth study of character, has a distinct atmosphere which is emphasized by the naturalistic milieu depictions and the efficient score by Swedish composers Bengt Ernryd and Georg Oddner (1923-2007) and is impelled and reinforced by the empathic and involving acting performances by Swedish actors Max von Sydow and Eddie Axberg, Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann and Swedish actress and singer Monica Zetterlund (1937-2005). A finely narrated and illuminating historic drama which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 45th Academy Awards in 1973 and gained, among other awards, the NBR Award for Best Actress Liv Ullmann at the National Board of Review Awards in 1973, the NSFC Award for Best Actress Liv Ullmann at the National Society of Film Critics Awards in 1974 and the Guldbagge Award for Best Actor Eddie Axberg and Best Supporting Actress Monica Zetterlund at the Guldbagge Awards in 1972.

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