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Nybyggarna (Sweden 1972 / Director: Jan Troell)

Also known as

The New Land (USA) | Le nouveau monde (France) | La nuova terra (Italy) | La nueva tierra (Spain) | Das neue Land (Germany) | Osadnicy (Poland) | Új haza (Hungary) | Nova Zemlja (Croatia) | Nova Zeme (Bulgaria)

Cast and crew

  • Cast: Max von Sydow (Karl-Oskar), Liv Ullman (Kristina), Eddie Axberg (Robert), Pierre Lindstedt (Arvid), Allan Edwall (Danjel), Monica Zetterlund (Ulrika), Hans Alfredson (Jonas Petter), Agneta Prytz (Fina Kajsa), Halvar Bjork (Anders Mansson), Tom C. Fouts (Pastor Jackson), Peter Lindgren (Samuel Nojd), Per Oscarsson (Pastor Torner), Oscar Ljung (Petrus Olausson), Karin Nordstrom-Jaregard (Judit Olausson), Larry Clementson (Mr. Abbot), Georg Anaya (Mario Vallejos), Ed Carpenter (medical officer), Bengt Ottekil (Fredik Mattson), Elsa Hofgren (brother mum), Margita Nystrom (whore), Hans Elfin (Sven), Leif Sandberg (neighbor), Lasse Martinson (Karl-Oskar's son), Pelle Martinson (Karl-Oskar's son), Frans Oddner (Karl-Oskar's son), Sara-Lena Arnoldsdotter (Karl-Oskar's daughter), Yvonne Oppstedt (Karl-Okar's daughter), Linn Ullmann (Karl-Oskar's daughter), Eva-Lena Zetterland (Elin),
  • Screenplay: Bengt Forslund, Jan Troell (based on the novel by Vilhelm Moberg)
  • Cinematography: Jan Troell (color)
  • Music: Bengt Ernryd, Georg Oddner
  • Producer: Bengt Forslund


Continues the story of The Emigrants (1971). The Swedes arrive in the USA. They still have a long journey to Minnesota where they expect to find other Swedes. When they arrive there, each family searches a place to build a home. Karl-Oskar and Kristina live a better life than in Sweden, even though Kristina is very homesick. Karl-Oskar's brother Robert and his friend Arvid go to California to follow the gold rush. However, Robert returns sick without Arvid who died on the way to California. Robert doesn't get better and dies. Later, Kristina dies while being pregnant. Karl-Oskar gets much older than her and spends his last years in solitude.


The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film 1972. It and the first part, The Emigrants, are the basis for the 1974 American television series "The New Land".