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The first of Jan Troell’s two films adapted from epic novels by Vilhelm Moberg stars Liv Ullmann and Max von Sydow as struggling Swedish farmers in the 1840s who decide to emigrate to America. The Emigrants received Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Actress, Director, and Adapted Screenplay—rare honors for a foreign film. Ullmann, often identified with Bergman’s films, has said Kristina is her favorite role. Among the many distinctive qualities of Troell’s cinema is the fact that he is the cinematographer of his own films and enjoys the freedom that comes with the dual role of director-cinematographer.


—Richard Peterson, Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center

  • Year
    1971
  • Runtime
    191 minutes
  • Language
    Swedish
  • Country
    Sweden
  • Director
    Jan Troell
  • Screenwriter
    Jan Troell, Bengt Forslund
  • Cast
    Liv Ullmann, Max von Sydow, Eddie Axberg, Sven-Olof Bern
  • Cinematographer
    Jan Troell