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WATCH: Elegantly Tense Trailer for Swedish Auteur Jan Troell's WWII-Era Drama 'The Last Sentence'

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! May 16, 2014 at 9:45AM

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 trailer here.
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'The Last Sentence'
'The Last Sentence'

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.


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.