Magazine article Screen International

Child 44's Daniél Espinosa to Direct 'The Emigrants'

Magazine article Screen International

Child 44's Daniél Espinosa to Direct 'The Emigrants'

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Details of the project were announced at the annual press conference held in Cannes by Swedish regional fund Film Väst.

The Emigrants tells the story of Kristina and her husband Karl-Oskar, who emigrate from Sweden to America in the 1850s. Determined to flee poverty, religious persecution, and social oppression, they head across the Atlantic in search of a better life.

An earlier adaptation of EspinoVilhelm Moberg's acclaimed novel was made in 1971 by revered director Jan Troell that was nominated for five Academy Awards and won a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

The Emigrants will be scripted by Petter Skavlan (Kon Tiki.) It is to be produced by Fredrik Wikström Nicastro at Svensk Filmindustri, and co-produced by Film Väst. Shooting is scheduled to begin in 2017, in the Västra Götaland region of western Sweden.

Another new project announced at the press conference was Per Fly's The Killing Of Hammarsjold, a drama about the life and mysterious death of Dag Hammarskjöld ,Secretary General of the United Nations, killed in an unexplained plane crash during the Congo crisis in 1961. …

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