Kristina Nilsson and her family leaves a poor Sweden in the 1840s hoping to find a better future in the wild country of America.

In the middle of the 1800s, millions of Scandinavians left their lives in hunger and despair hoping for a better life in America. This epic story follows Kristina, Karl Oskar and their young children on a dangerous journey across the Atlantic Ocean and onwards to the wild North America. Their challenges are enormous and someone has to be sacrificed so that others can survive.

The Emigrants is based on a book from Swedish literature – The Emigrant Series (1949-1959) written by Vilhelm Moberg. The first movie adaptation came out in 1971, which was directed by Jan Troell with Liv Ullmann and Max von Sydow in the leading roles and was based on two parts of the Emigrant series.

Now another great film was made based on the novel. The film depicts a group of emigrants from Sweden and their journey to the United States in 1840.

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Erik Poppe (b. 1960) is one of the most accomplished directors in Scandinavia. He grew up in Portugal and Norway. His films are characterized by a strong script, strong acting ensembles and impressive camera work. He has directed several films, among others Troubled Water (2008), 1,000 Times Good Night (2013), The King’s Choice (2016) and Utøya: July 22. The King’s Choice was the Norwegian oscar submission in 2017.

This film is part of

One chance!

Original title Utvandrarna

Country Norway, Sweden

Year 2021

Director Erik Poppe

Screenplay Anna Bache-Wiig, Siv Rajendram Eliassen, Vilhelm Moberg (roman)

Cinematography John Christian Rosenlund

Producer Fredrik Wikström, Petter Skavlan

Cast Vilhelm Moberg, Sofia Heling, Gustaf Skarsgård, Tove Lo

Production Company Film i Västerbotten, Tre Vänner Produktion AB

Distribution SF Norge

Runtime 2h 28m

Language Swedish, English

Subtitles English

Genre Drama

Format DCP

Age limit 12

Links IMDb

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