• 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.


  • By callison
    June 11, 2014
    02:59 PM

    Hello - I hope Criterion will produced a Blu Ray of DVD package for The Emigrants and The New Land - PLEASE
  • By Doug
    November 29, 2014
    08:57 PM

    I want to add my name to those who request a decent, uncut subtitled Criterion edition of these two masterpieces!! Considering Liv Ullman was nominated for an Oscar for her performance and there isn't even a DVD of The Emigrants...it boggles the mind!
  • By MelanieDaniels
    February 08, 2015
    09:18 PM

    I also would love to see The Emigrants and The New Land released on Blu-ray. It's unfortunate that they're not available on home video. They would make nice additions to the Criterion Collection. Incidentally, The Emigrants is scheduled to be shown on TCM, this Feb.27th(at 5:15PM,eastern time).
  • By Tjaden S.
    March 07, 2015
    12:55 PM

    Any plans on releasing The Emigrants/The New Land on Blu-ray? Such underrated classic film epics that deserve to be restored and preserved. These are screaming for a proper CC release. Please?