"Sweet Land" Film Showing
Feb 18, 2008
from 06:00 PM to 08:30 PM
|Where||in the Mezannine|
|Contact Name||Kristin Torresdal|
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Based on Will Weaver's short story "A Gravestone Made of Wheat" and shot on location in Southern Minnesota, "Sweet Land" tells the story of immigrant America; of love and discovery; of family and community and land, all set
against the backdrop of endless farmland and cathedral skies.
When Lars Torvik's grandmother Inge dies in 2004, he is faced with a decision - sell the family farm on which she lived since 1920, or cling to the legacy of the land. Seeking advice, he turns to the memory of Inge and the stories that she had passed on to him.
Inge arrives in Minnesota in 1920 to marry a young Norwegian farmer named Olaf but her German heritage and lack of official immigration papers makes her an object of suspicion in the small town, and she and Olaf are forbidden to marry.
Over time, Inge and Olaf slowly come to know each other and eventually fall in love, a man and woman united by the elemental forces of nature. Still unable to marry, they live together openly, despite the scorn of the neighbors and the disapproval of the local minister. But when his friend Frandsen's farm is threatened by foreclosure, Olaf takes a stand, and the community unites around the young couple, finally accepting Inge as one of their own.
Featuring supporting performances by veteran performers Ned Beatty, Paul Sand, and Lois Smith, "Sweet Land" is directed by Minnesota native Ali Selim, who is himself the son of first-generation immigrants. To learn more about Selim and the making of "Sweet Land," see Aryn Henning Nichols'
article "The Land is Sweet" in this month's Inspire(d) Magazine (available at the library and many other downtown locations).