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Nybyggarna (1972)

A Swedish immigrant family struggle to establish a new life for themselves in the forest of Minnesota in the mid 19th Century.

Director:

Jan Troell

Writers:

Vilhelm Moberg (novel), Bengt Forslund (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Max von Sydow ... Karl Oskar
Liv Ullmann ... Kristina
Eddie Axberg ... Robert
Pierre Lindstedt ... Arvid
Allan Edwall ... Danjel
Monica Zetterlund ... Ulrika
Hans Alfredson ... Jonas Petter
Agneta Prytz ... Fina-Kajsa
Halvar Björk ... Anders Månsson, hennes son
Tom C. Fouts Tom C. Fouts ... Pastor Jackson
Peter Lindgren ... Samuel Nöjd
Per Oscarsson ... Pastor Törner
Oscar Ljung ... Petrus Olausson
Karin Nordström Karin Nordström ... Judit, hans hustru (as Karin Nordström-Järegård)
Larry Clementson Larry Clementson ... Mr. Abbot
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Storyline

The continuing saga of the Nilssons - husband and wife Karl-Oskar and Kristina, their several young children with another on the way, Karl-Oskar's younger brother Robert, and some of their extended family members such as Kristina's Uncle Danjel - and several of their Swedish compatriots is presented. This phase of their story begins where their saga in The Emigrants (1971) left off, in the fall of 1850, having just arrived in Minnesota from their native Sweden to begin what they hope will be a better life. They left Sweden because of the harsh and worsening conditions of their farm life, and chose Minnesota based on the stories of many of their Swedish friends who emigrated there before them. While Karl-Oskar goes through the process of setting up their homestead, eighteen year old Robert already has bigger dreams of striking it big in the California gold rush, something he is reluctant to tell Karl-Oskar until he is ready to leave if only having been under Karl-Oskar's guardianship ... Written by Huggo

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From "The Emigrants' dream, come the settlers struggle to survive...

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Drama | Western

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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish | English

Release Date:

26 February 1972 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

La nueva tierra See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Svensk Filmindustri (SF) See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This film was fittingly filmed on location in both Sweden and the U.S. Although set in Minnesota, however, the scenes in America were actually filmed in Wisconsin near the border with Iowa. See more »

Goofs

In one of the first scenes, when Karl Oskar is taking the family to the new settlement, the boom mic is visible in the upper left corner for the entire shot. See more »

Quotes

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Kristina: I don't want to rock any more.
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"Illuminating historic drama..."
10 April 2012 | by SindreKaspersenSee all my reviews

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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