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Born: July 23, 1931 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Sweden Profession: director, director of photography, editor, screenwriter, teacher

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A former elementary school teacher who began collaborating on films with director Bo Widerberg in the early 1960s, Troell made his own feature directing debut in 1965 and went on to become one of his country's leading filmmakers. His best-known work outside Sweden is the sweeping diptych "The Emigrants" (1972), which earned Troell a Best Director Oscar nomination, and "The New Land" (1973), based on novels by Vilhelm Moberg and starring Liv Ullman and Max Von Sydow. He made two US films, the disappointing "Zandy's Bride" (1973) and "Hurricane" (1979). Troell received critical acclaim for his biopic "Hamsun" (1996), about the Nobel Prize-winning Norwegian author who lent support to the Nazis during WWII.

A former elementary school teacher who began collaborating on films with director Bo Widerberg in the early 1960s, Troell made his own feature directing debut in 1965 and went on to become one of his country's leading filmmakers. His best-known work outside Sweden is the sweeping diptych "The Emigrants" (1972), which earned Troell a Best Director Oscar nomination, and "The New Land" (1973), based on novels by Vilhelm Moberg and starring Liv Ullman and Max Von Sydow. He made two US films, the disappointing "Zandy's Bride" (1973) and "Hurricane" (1979). Troell received critical acclaim for his biopic "Hamsun" (1996), about the Nobel Prize-winning Norwegian author who lent support to the Nazis during WWII.

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DIRECTOR:

2.
  Sa Vit som en Sno (2001) Director
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  Their Frozen Dream (1998) Director
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  Hamsun (1996) Director
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  Dancing (1994) Director
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  Il Capitano (1991) Director
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  Sagolandet (1988) Director
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  Hurricane (1979) Director
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  Bang! (1977) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Life at Any Cost (1998)
3.
 Sagolandet (1988)
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In the 1950s, worked as teacher at the Sorgenfri primary school in Malmo for nine years (an experience he drew on for his study of a teacher's relationship with his class, "Ole Dole Doff/Who Saw Him Die?" 1968); lived in a house once occupied by Ingmar Bergman
1960:
Directed and photographed first short documentary film, "Stad/The Ship"
1961:
Filmed several TV documentaries
1961:
Cinematographer and co-director on Bo Widerberg's first short, made for TV, "Pojken och draken/A Boy and His Kite"
1963:
Served as lighting cameraman on Bo Widerberg's first feature film, "Barnvagnen/The Baby Carriage"
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Became apprentice in TV
1965:
Film directing debut, "Uppehall i myrlandet/Stopover in the Marshland"
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Gained acclaim for his two films "The Emmigrants" (1972) and "The New Land" (1973)
1974:
Directed first American film, "Zandy's Bride"
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Returned to Sweden
1996:
Directed biopic "Hamsun"
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