Sparsely seen on the US festival circuit, Jan Troell’s “The Last Sentence” is finally making its way to stateside theaters after premiering nearly two years ago in Sweden. Music Box Films will bring this WWII-era drama about a crusading journalist to select cities on June 20th. Watch the new trailer below.
Troell has been kicking around the arthouse since the 1960s. He famously directed Swedish screen giants Max Von Sydow and Liv Ullman in 1971’s “The Emigrants,” nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture. Now, he’s most famous for “Everlasting Moments” (2008), a superbly crafted portrait of marriage among the upper-crust bourgeoisie in early 20th-century Europe.
Starring seasoned Danish actor Jesper Christensen, “Last Sentence” is Troell’s first narrative feature since “Everlasting Moments.” It centers on Torgny Segerstedt, a crusading journalist who fought Nazism and his country’s policy of appeasement to Hitler. Here’s the official synopsis:
With Sweden caught between Nazi Germany and Stalin’s Russia, the country’s elites chose a policy of neutrality and compliance, with few daring to speak up against the evil around them. Among those who did, nobody was as loud and as uncompromising as Segerstedt, one of the most prominent Swedish journalists of the 20th century. In the eyes of many of his countrymen, his pen was far more dangerous than the Nazi sword. Amidst the political turmoil of the era, Segerstedt’s own personal life took a dramatic and scandalous turn as he entered into a very public affair with Maja Forssman, the Jewish wife of his close friend, the newspaper’s publisher.
Between “The Last Sentence” and recent release “Ida,” the black-and-white, 60s-style, serious art film is enjoying a comeback.