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Will Weaver (short story "A Gravestone Made of Wheat") and
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In 1920, Inge, a German national, travels from Norway to rural Minnesota for her arranged marriage to Olaf, a Norwegian farmer; bureaucracy and prejudice cause major complications. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Elizabeth Reaser ... Young Inge

Lois Smith ... Old Inge

Patrick Heusinger ... Young Lars
Stephen Pelinski ... Old Lars

Tim Guinee ... Young Olaf

Robert Hogan ... Old Olaf

Alan Cumming ... Young Frandsen

Paul Sand ... Old Frandsen

Jodie Markell ... Donna Torvik

Sage Kermes ... Mae Torvik
Kirsten Frantzich ... Lee
Stephen Yoakam ... Einar Torvik

Karen Landry ... Rose Torvik
James Cada ... Minister Thorwald

Debbie DeLisi ... Sarah Torvik

Charlotta Mohlin ... Else Jorgensdatter

Tom Gilroy ... Comrade Vik
James Bakkom ... Station Manager

John Heard ... Minister Sorrensen

John Paul Gamoke ... Brekke

Ned Beatty ... Harmo
Barbara Kingsley ... Disa
Stephen D'Ambrose ... Clerk of Court

Alex Kingston ... Brownie

Patrick Coyle ... Martin
Raye Birk ... Postal Clerk
Dick Reignier ... LaMotte
Palmer Grinager ... Auction Spotter
Tony Papenfuss ... Gentleman Bidder
Wayne A. Evenson ... Judge Sundby (as Wayne Evenson)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jamie Brockhohn ... Farmer (uncredited)

Jim Brockhohn ... Farmer (uncredited)

Jimmy Brockhohn ... Farmer (uncredited)

Joseph Courtemanche ... Norwegian Farmer (uncredited)

Frank Crandell ... Farmer with Red Wood Cane (uncredited)
Christopher Day ... Train Station Farmer / Luggage Handler (uncredited)
Joel Edwards ... Blacksmith (uncredited)

Matthew Feeney ... Farmer (uncredited)
Corbin Groothuis ... Fransen's son (uncredited)
Maximilian Selim ... Barista Sergio (uncredited)
Joel Thingvall ... Swedish Farmer (uncredited)
Ken Vierling ... Funeral Director (uncredited)
Will Weaver ... Unnamed farmer in magic lattern scene (uncredited)

Jim Westcott ... Banker (uncredited)

Directed by
Ali Selim 
Writing credits
Will Weaver (short story "A Gravestone Made of Wheat")

Ali Selim 

Produced by
Ace Allgood .... associate producer
Gil Bellows .... co-producer
Jim Bigham .... producer
Alan Cumming .... producer
David Dancyger .... co-producer
Edward J. Driscoll .... executive producer (as Edward Driscoll)
Howard Ellis .... associate producer
Stephen Hays .... executive producer
Gill Holland .... executive producer
Gary S. Kohler .... executive producer
Lillian LaSalle .... executive producer
Thomas Lieberman .... executive producer (as Thomas F. Lieberman)
Sarah Lopes .... associate producer: post-production
Terrance Moore .... executive producer
Thomas Pope .... co-producer
Ali Selim .... producer
Robin Selim .... co-producer
Original Music by
Mark Orton 
Cinematography by
David Tumblety 
Film Editing by
James Stanger 
Casting by
Lynn Blumenthal 
Joan Lynn 
Production Design by
James Bakkom  (as James R. Bakkom)
Art Direction by
Emily Davis 
Set Decoration by
Jill Broadfoot 
Costume Design by
Eden Miller 
Makeup Department
Crist Ballas .... special makeup: Metamorphosis (as Crist J. Ballas)
Teri Demarest .... assistant hair stylist
Melanie Harris .... key makeup artist
Deanna Johnson .... hair stylist & makeup artist (as Deanna L. Johnson)
Masami Sato .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Clint Allen .... unit production manager
Ace Allgood .... post-production supervisor
Kelly Thaemert .... assistant post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eric Davies .... first assistant director
Chad Steiner .... second second assistant director
Rudy Van Zyl .... second assistant director
Art Department
Paul Berglund .... property master
Michelle Gilstead .... assistant set decorator
Jim Kindt .... leadman
Vern Lund .... scenic assistant
Derek McCallum .... consultant: design
Kathy Niemeier .... second assistant set decorator
Kevin Noteboom .... scenic painter
Keith Reitmeier .... carpenter
James Ross .... show carpenter
Tom Smittle .... scenic assistant
Gary Surber .... construction coordinator: on-set
Chris Thickins .... swing
David Underhill .... property assistant (as Dave Underhill)
Wayne Wedland .... construction coordinator: pre-production
Sound Department
Peter Batchelder .... sound design assistant
Randy Bobo .... post-production sound supervisor
Randy Bobo .... sound designer
Gerard Bonnette .... sound mixer
Ken Chastain .... adr mixer
Allison Cordas .... audio post-production coordinator
Derek Englund .... adr assistant engineer
Attilia M. Fierro .... sound coordinator: Dolby
Bobby Johanson .... adr mixer
Andy Kris .... re-recording mixer
Steve Kultgen .... adr editor (as Steven Kultgen)
Steve Kultgen .... foley editor (as Steven Kultgen)
Steve Kultgen .... sound editor (as Steven Kultgen)
Ben Lazard .... boom operator
Grant Lazer .... sound intern
Mack Melson .... sound mixer
Alex Raspa .... adr recordist
David J. Russ .... sound engineer
Steve F.B. Smith .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Sheila Wordell .... sound editing assistant
Visual Effects by
Kurt Angell .... visual effects artist
Kurt Angell .... visual effects supervisor
Tom Doeden .... visual effects artist
Randal Gackstetter .... visual effects artist
Rich Kaplinski .... film recorder
Deb Kirkeeide .... visual effects artist
Michael B. Nokken .... focus and alignment
John A. Shaw .... focus and alignment (as John Shaw)
Dave Sweet .... telecine artist
Amanda Tibbits .... visual effects manager
Eric Williams .... focus and alignment
Martha Williams .... focus and alignment
Camera and Electrical Department
Todd Armitage .... first assistant camera
Ray Attridge .... electrician
Dan Breslin .... electrician
Christopher Bridges .... grip (as Chris Bridges)
Slater Crosby .... camera operator: "b" camera
Slater Crosby .... cinematographer: second unit
Lora Davis .... grip
Paul Eichler .... best boy grip
Travis Hottinger .... electrician
Roger 'Chaz' Johnson .... grip
Victor Korte .... crane operator
Jimmy Nguyen .... electrician
Gregory J. Niska .... gaffer (as Greg Niska)
John Pycha .... key grip
Randall Smith .... camera loader (as Randy Smith)
Steve Speers .... camera operator: "b" camera, second unit
Steve Speers .... first assistant camera: second unit
Niknaz Tavakolian .... camera operator: "b" camera, second unit
Niknaz Tavakolian .... first assistant camera: second unit
Jason Vandermer .... second assistant camera
Michael Winn .... best boy electric
Casting Department
Debbie DeLisi .... extras casting
Kyle Luker .... casting associate
Mary Olson .... extras casting assistant
Carrie Yeager .... casting reader
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vicki Jenkins .... wardrobe supervisor (as Vickie Jenkins)
Andrew Rempel .... set costumer
Editorial Department
James Ahern .... editor: DRS
Michael Balabuch .... digital intermediate project manager (as Mike Balabuch)
Jeremy Ryan Carr .... first assistant editor (as Jeremy Carr)
Jessica Elvin .... editor: DRS
Joe Gawler .... digital intermediate colorist
Charlie Gerszewski .... additional editor (as Charles Gerszewski)
Fred Heid .... color timer
Cecil Hooker .... on-line editor
Carlos Monfort .... assistant digital intermediate colorist
Maximilian Selim .... editing intern
Dave Sweet .... telecine artist
Stan Sztaba .... negative matcher
Mike Weldon .... additional editor
Lynn Worley .... telecine artist
Christian Zak .... digital intermediate producer
Location Management
Kris Barberg .... location scout
Aaron Holmberg .... location scout
Stuart Skrien .... location manager
Music Department
Haley Bonar .... musician: singer
Ben Goldberg .... musician: clarinet
Carla Kihlstedt .... additional composer
Carla Kihlstedt .... musician: violin and nyckelharpa
Thomas Lieberman .... music supervisor (as Thomas J. Lieberman)
Mark Orton .... musician: harmonium, percussion, piano, autoharp, guitar, banjo, bass harmonics and toy piano
Zeena Parkins .... musician: accordion
Megan Sorensen .... musician: violin
David J. Russ .... additional music recordist (uncredited)
Transportation Department
George Gowing .... driver
Michael Kennedy .... transportation coordinator
Eugene Kirsch .... driver (as Gene Kisch)
Leo Skudlarek .... driver
Other crew
Erin Acker .... production coordinator
Kurt Arner .... animal handler
Kurt Arner .... consultant: farm history
Margaret Bergh .... consultant: magic langers, Mar-Nan Collection
Cameron Bliss .... intern
Andrew Burton .... key set production assistant
Elisa Carlson .... dialect coach
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance
Ralph Costanza .... print coordinator
Dawn Dann .... set medic
Loren Demmer .... set medic
Ulla Friis .... dialect coach
Joey Galvin .... assistant: Alan Cumming
Rachelle Gibson .... script supervisor
Kelly Gilpatrick .... intern
John Handeen .... consultant: farm history
Nicole Hersey .... staff: LaSalleHolland
Kate Houst .... web designer: Tessera Design Inc.
Denise Huber .... german translator
Karen S. Johnson .... film runner
Amanda Jurgensen .... stand-in: Inge
Tom Kristjanson .... intern
Bob Kundrat .... stand-in: Olaf (as Bob Kurandt)
Richard Kvols .... consultant: crop
Andrea Lazard .... travel supervisor (as Andrea Johnson)
Grant Lazer .... intern
David J. LeCompte .... production assistant
Jake Lieberman .... intern
Sarah Lopes .... production assistant
Jim Luby .... consultant: crop
Michelle Manuel .... intern
Neil Martin .... production assistant
Derek McCallum .... consultant: song slides
Roni Mickle .... film runner
Terrance Moore .... production attorney: Steingart, McGrath & Moore
Kindy Olson .... intern
Matt Parker .... staff: LaSalleHolland
Alex Perez .... staff: LaSalleHolland
Lara Perez-Fernandez .... staff: LaSalleHolland
Roxane Peterson .... accountant: Virchow, Krause and Company
Aaron Pikala .... intern
Jonathon Roberts .... intern
Suzanne Roberts .... assistant production coordinator
James Ross .... assistant: Mr. Bakkom
Lars Samuelson .... norwegian translator
Todd Sandler .... intern
Daniel Satorius .... production attorney: Abdo, Abdo, Broady & Satorius
Alex Selim .... consultant: baseball
Maximilian Selim .... consultant: baseball (as Max Selim)
Trish Sheppard .... accountant: audio post-production
Daniel Splonsk .... set medic
Lisa Stearns .... intern
Audrey Thompson .... film runner
Steve Toth .... caterer: Ken & Art's
C. Elizabeth Trumble .... production accountant
Tyler Valtensen .... production assistant
Annie Wallick .... intern
Travis Woods .... assistant caterer
Lynn Worley .... production secretary
Lynn Worley .... researcher
Gil Bellows .... without whom this film would not be quietly breathing
Alan Cumming .... without whom this film would not be quietly breathing
Dan Futterman .... without whom this film would not be quietly breathing (as Danny Futterman)
Keith Gordon .... eternal thanks
Rachel Griffin .... eternal thanks
Thomas Lieberman .... withoutr whom this film would not be quietly breathing (as Tom Lieberman)
Luke Perry .... without whom this film would not be quietly breathing
Todd Pitman .... thanks

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Rated PG for brief partial nudity and mild language
110 min
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Won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Florida Film Festival.See more »
Anachronisms: The film takes place in 1920, however, the Farmall tractor that Brownie is driving is a Farmall "F" series that was not made until 1932.See more »
Harmo:I can help you out.
Young Olaf:With our mortgage?
Young Olaf:Banking and farming don't mix.
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22 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
A lovely film which deserves to be widely seen, 23 December 2006
Author: lwalsh from Syracuse, New York

'Sweet Land' manages a difficult feat: it is a historical film with a clear message for the present, yet it avoids becoming either nostalgically cloying or preachily shrill. "Banking and farming don't mix" is not merely a phrase heard several times; it is the key to the confrontation of two utterly different, and utterly irreconcilable, attitudes toward land and life. Ned Beatty, as the chief banker, embodies the one, driven by money and power, harshly and repellently (it's a superb performance), but he and his few allies, and what they stand for, cannot completely overwhelm what most of the other characters, major and minor, believe in and represent: the importance of human connections, with each other and with the jobs they must carry out.

There is scarcely a false step in this film. Elizabeth Reaser brings Inge to life completely believably and very poignantly. We truly care about this woman, a fact made all the more astonishing when we realize that for a sizable part of the film she speaks in languages most of the American audience will not understand. It's one of the best performances I've seen in a long time. Similarly convincing is Tim Guinee as Olaf, her perplexed husband-to-be. His struggles to overcome prejudice (his own and that of his neighbors) are played with a delightful mix of humor, pathos, and inner strength which mirror the complex set of forces with which he must deal. Much the same could be said, albeit on a smaller scale, of the lesser parts; these performers inhabit these roles as if they had already lived them for real. Watch the interactions between Alan Cumming and Alex Kingston, for example; these are two people who are deeply and genuinely in love, but who recognize and accept the flaws of the other. There is no conventional 'happy marriage' insipidity here-- with the result that their marriage comes across as truly happy in a far more profound manner than so many others on screen.

Visually the film is often lovely. It is not as lusciously filmed as Terrence Malick's 'Days of Heaven', with which it shares an underlying approach, but it also avoids the occasional glossiness which undercut the down-to-earth elements of the earlier film's plot. Here the images rarely feel forced, and never overwhelm the intense sense of physical presence so vital to both plot and message. Also powerful is the use of two framing stories, linked to but not dependent upon the central plot. Indeed, the emotional climax of the film actually resides in the contemporary story, something we will not realize until almost the very end of the film. What seems a mere narrative trick suddenly resonates with tremendous power, and brings home the film's central theme beautifully yet without undue emphasis.

The flaws are few. The music, usually vaguely folksy without being especially engaging, is more than once rather too modern in its feel and too diffuse in its impact to support the visuals. The music is the weakest element in the film; at times it sounds almost as if the decision to add music was taken so late in production that all that was possible was some improvisational doodling, which fits neither the delicately shaped mood nor the careful pacing and structuring of the action. The important part of Minister Sorrensen is a bit awkwardly written, with his changes of outlook being rather too sudden; John Heard's performance, though thoughtful, could likewise be more nuanced (he was probably responding to the part as written, but in this case he would have been better off to play against the script).

'Sweet Land' is a beautiful, funny, and often very moving film, with a deep and respectful sense of history and human relations. Both the action and the thoughts it provokes will linger long after the curtain closes. The film has much to offer, and I recommend it very highly.

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