Directed by Jan Troell • 2008 • Sweden
Starring Maria Heiskanen, Mikael Persbrandt, Jesper Christensen
Swedish master Jan Troell, director of the beloved classics THE EMIGRANTS and THE NEW LAND, returns triumphantly with EVERLASTING MOMENTS, the vivid, heartrending story of a woman liberated by art at the beginning of the twentieth century. Though poor and abused by her alcoholic husband, Maria Larsson (Maria Heiskanen, in a beautifully nuanced portrayal) finds an outlet in photography, which opens up her world for the first time. With a burnished bronze tint that evokes faded photographs, and a broad empathetic palette, EVERLASTING MOMENTS, based on a true story, is a miraculous tribute to the power of image making.
The following 2010 documentary looks at photos by the real Maria Larsson and features narration by her distant relative Agneta Ulfsäter-Troell, who tells the story of Larsson’s life and work as an amateur photographer.
This 2007 documentary traces the career of Swedish filmmaker Jan Troell, from his breakthrough duo THE EMIGRANTS and THE NEW LAND to his brief tenure in Hollywood to his recent success with EVERLASTING MOMENTS.