Erik Poppe, Sweden, 2022

148 min.Feature

Kristina and Karl Oskar are two young farmers whose lives consist of a constant struggle against famine and oppression from church and state in Sweden in the 1850s. Karl Oskar wants to move to America - a fertile country built by free men. But Kristina doesn’t want to risk her children’s lives on the deadly voyage across the sea or expose them to a godless and unknown wilderness in a country they know almost nothing about.
When their 4-year-old daughter dies of starvation, Kristina understands that she no longer can guarantee her children’s safety in Sweden. She realizes that she and Karl Oskar need to take things into their own hands in order to create a safe home for their family.
On the small overcrowded ship that takes them to America, a new fight for survival begins; against the power of the relentless sea and a tyrannizing crew. But the ship also becomes a place for new friendship - some of which will last a lifetime and others that will lead Kristina to the brink of disaster.
After a long and hard journey they settle by the lake Ki Chi Saga in Minnesota, a secluded piece of land far away from the rest of the Swedish settlers. Unknown dangers seem to lurk everywhere, and Kristina starts to feel lonely and alienated. Therefore, she is very happy when one day, a pair of Christians that were on their ship claim the land next to them. But the joy fades as their new neighbours pull Kristina into a power play where she - step by step - is forced to distance herself from everything that isn’t the way of the old Swedish culture. Her family begins to fall apart, and Kristina slowly realizes that in her efforts to create a safety and a home for her family, she is about to lose them all. She understands that she must overcome her own fear of the unknown and allow her children to make their own decisions about their future.
Life in America forces Kristina to face her fears and stand up for herself. But will she ever truly find home in their new country?
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title Utvandrarna
Danish title Udvandrerne
Director Erik Poppe
Screenplay Anna Bache-Wiig, Siv Rajendram Eliassen
Producer Fredrik Wikström
Director of Photography John Christian Rosenlund
Editor Einar Egeland
Sound Gisle Tveito
Composer Johan Söderqvist
Production designer Karl "Kalli" Juliusson
Casting Jeanette Klintberg
Appearance Lisa Carlehed, Gustaf Skarsgård, Tove Lo, Sofia Helin
Production country Sweden, Denmark
Production company SF Studios Sverige, Paradox Spillefilm
Domestic distribution SF Studios
International sales REinvent Studios
Danish theatrical release 11.08.2022
DFI subsidy Minor
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 11
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Production company SF Studios Sverige, Paradox Spillefilm
Co-production TV4 Sverige, C More Entertainment, Film i Väst, Nordsvensk Filmunderhållning AB, SF Studios Danmark, Fantefilm
With support from Svenska Filminstitutet, Norsk Filminstitutt, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Det Danske Filminstitut
In collaboration with DR
Domestic distribution SF Studios


Direction Erik Poppe
Casting Jeanette Klintberg
Casting: children Maggie Widstrand


Screenplay Anna Bache-Wiig
Screenplay Siv Rajendram Eliassen


Producer Fredrik Wikström
Executive producer Finn Gjerdrum
Executive producer Stein B. Kvae
Executive producer Tim King
Executive producer Petter Skavlan
Executive producer Michael Hjorth
Co-producer Jenny Stjernströmer Björk
Co-producer Yaba Holst
Co-producer Niva Westlin Dahl
Co-producer Peter Possne
Co-producer Per Bouveng
Co-producer Birgitte Skov
Co-producer Kate Myers
Co-producer Martin Sundland
Line producer Kaare Storemyr
Production manager Mia Uddgren
Post Producer Peter Bengtsson
Associate producer Brita H. Lundqvist
Production manager Ida Fäldt


Cinematographer John Christian Rosenlund
Camera operator Martin Otterbeck


Editor Einar Egeland


Composer Johan Söderqvist

Production design

Production designer Karl "Kalli" Juliusson
Set designer Pia Wallin


Costume designer Louize Nissen


Hair and makeup artist Linda Boije af Gennäs
Hair and makeup artist Elizabeth Bukkehave


Sound designer Gisle Tveito

Visual effects

VFX supervisor Torbjörn Olsson


Kristina Lisa Carlehed
Karl Oskar Gustaf Skarsgård
Ulrika Tove Lo
Judit Sofia Helin
Lill-Märta Kerstin Linden

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