A young man leaves his foster parents’ home to work and support himself. Film shows how an education-hungry boy is schooled by life. Based on ‘The Story of Olaf’ by Eyvind Johnson. —BFI
Troell writes his own scripts and serves as his own director of photography. His realistic films with a lyrical photography in which nature is prominent have placed him in the first rank of modern Swedish film directors along with Ingmar Bergman and Bo Widerberg, the former considered best of the three.
Troell was born in Limhamn outside Malmö, Sweden. For several years, he worked as an elementary-school teacher but started to make shorts films in the sixties. He became director of photography for Widerberg but soon made a debut with his own first feature, Here’s Your Life (Här har du ditt liv, 1966), about a working class boy in Sweden, set in the beginning of the 20th century. The film was based upon an autobiographical novel by Eyvind Johnson. His next film Who Saw Him Die? (Ole dole doff, 1968) won the Golden Bear award at the 18th Berlin International Film Festival.
Troell’s major work in the 1970s became The Emigrants (Utvandrarna, 1971) and its sequel The New Land… read more
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Indeed almost impossible to find those early films of Jan Troell. I was very lucky to see Here's Your Life and Ole Dole Doff 10 years ago in the cinemathèque of Brussels. An unforgettable experience. He is undoubtedly one of the most talented ánd underappreciated filmmakers alive and all his films should be released on DVD.