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The Emigrants

PG In Theaters 09/4/1996 , 191min.
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Plot & Details

Director/writer Jan Troell's expansive saga deals with the Larsen family, who during the 19th century famine in Sweden emigrate to the more fertile fields of Minnesota. With painstaking detail, the director follows the Larsens as they make the perilous (and, to some of their fellow immigrants, fatal) journey by foot, steamer, train, and paddle boat. The film, which originally ran 190 minutes but was pared down to 150 by its director for American consumption, earned Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Foreign Language Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Direction, and Best Actress (Liv Ullmann). The Emigrants was followed by a sequel, Nybyggarna ("The New Land"); both films have been edited together for TV release under the title The Emigrant Saga. The subsequent American TV series The New Land (1974) starred Bonnie Bedelia in the role created in The Emigrants by Liv Ullmann, and Scott Thomas in the patriarch role originated by Max von Sydow. In 1991, Sven Nykvist directed a "prequel" to The Emigrants titled The Ox.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1972 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Bengt Forslund Nominated
1972 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Bengt Forslund Nominated
1971 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Foreign Language Film Jan Troell Nominated
1972 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress Liv Ullmann Nominated
1972 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Jan Troell Nominated
1972 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Jan Troell Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1972 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Liv Ullmann Won
1972 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Foreign Film - Foreign Language Won

New York Film Critics Circle

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1972 New York Film Critics Circle Best Actress Liv Ullmann Won

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