Jan Troell

The New Land

The New Land

This monumental mid-nineteenth-century epic from Jan Troell charts, over the course of two films, a Swedish farming family’s voyage to America and their efforts to put down roots in this beautiful but forbidding new world. Movie legends Max von Sydow and Liv Ullmann give remarkably authentic performances as Karl Oskar and Kristina, a couple who meet with one physical and emotional trial after another on their arduous journey. The precise, minute detail with which Troell depicts their story—which is also that of countless other people who sought better lives across the Atlantic—is a wonder to behold. Engrossing at every step of the way, the duo of The Emigrants and The New Land makes for perhaps the greatest screen drama about the settling of America.

Film Info

  • Jan Troell
  • Sweden
  • 1972
  • 202 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • Swedish
  • Spine #797

Available In

Collector's Set

The Emigrants/The New Land

The Emigrants/The New Land

Blu-Ray Box Set

2 Discs

$39.96

Collector's Set

The Emigrants/The New Land

The Emigrants/The New Land

DVD Box Set

3 Discs

$31.96

The New Land
Cast
Max von Sydow
Karl Oskar
Liv Ullmann
Kristina
Eddie Axberg
Robert
Pierre Lindstedt
Arvid
Monica Zetterlund
Ulrika
Hans Alfredson
Jonas Petter
Allan Edwall
Danjel
Peter Lindgren
Samuel Nöjd
Credits
Director
Jan Troell
Photographed and edited by
Jan Troell
Screenplay by
Jan Troell
Screenplay by
Bengt Forslund
From a novel by
Vilhelm Moberg
Produced by
Bengt Forslund
Music by
Bengt Ernryd
Music by
Georg Oddner
Art director
P. A. Lundgren
Costumes by
Ulla-Britt Söderlund

From The Current

Jan Troell, Enduring Film Pioneer
Jan Troell, Enduring Film Pioneer

Earlier this year we were proud to release Swedish director Jan Troell’s two-film epic, The Emigrants (1971) and The New Land (1972). The films, starring Liv Ullmann and Max von Sydow, are based on Swedish author Vilhelm Moberg’s four-part series…

On Film / Short Takes
Mar 9, 2016
The Emigrants/The New Land: Homelands
The Emigrants/The New Land: Homelands

Jan Troell’s narration of one Swedish couple’s arduous journey to America portrays the migratory quality of marriage—of “finding that you think of this person who is not you, or this place that is not the land of your birth, as your home.”

By Terrence Rafferty

On Film / Essays — Feb 9, 2016
Liv Ullmann Reflects on Working with Jan Troell
Liv Ullmann Reflects on Working with Jan Troell

The Emigrants and The New Land, the incredible pair of films made by Swedish director Jan Troell in the early 1970s, remain among the most authentic and powerful portrayals of the mid-nineteenth-century wave of emigration from Europe to the United St…

Inside Criterion / Sneak Peeks — Feb 5, 2016
The Magic of Max von Sydow
The Magic of Max von Sydow

Max von Sydow has spent the past six decades cultivating one of cinema’s most illustrious careers, and now, at eighty-seven, the Swedish actor “may be on the verge of becoming a pop-culture icon,” writes Terrence Rafferty in the Atlantic.

On Film / Short Takes
Nov 17, 2015