Jan Troell, Coming to America

Mar 4, 2010

Director Jan Troell, best known for The Emigrants (1971) and The New Land (1972), his evocative chronicles of the struggles of nineteenth-century Swedes to make new lives in America, will be stateside himself this week. Tonight, Troell will be on hand to introduce his latest film, Everlasting Moments, at Berkeley, California’s Pacific Film Archives. Moments, which will come to the Criterion Collection this summer, is a rich, lovingly composed portrait of a troubled marriage at the turn of the twentieth century, and the creative liberation that wife Maria experiences when she discovers photography. Not far from the PFA, Troell is also being honored at the California Film Institute’s San Rafael Film Center, with an eight-film retrospective, titled The Cinema of Jan Troell and running through Saturday. He is introducing several of the films in that series, too.

On the occasion of these fêtes, the San Francisco Chronicle’s Walter Addiego has conducted an interview with Troell, in which the director discusses his career, his preference for shooting with natural light, and an upcoming project.