'Sweet Land," a love story set against the backdrop of the 1920s American immigrant experience, will arrive on DVD July 10th, distributed by Fox Home Entertainment.
This critically acclaimed independent film - named to Entertainment Weekly’s list of the 10 best movies of 2007- has won multiple festival awards as well as an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature.
Based on Will Weaver’s short story “A Gravestone Made of Wheat,” the film features touching performances from a terrific ensemble cast including Elisabeth Reaser, Tim Guinee, Alan Cumming, John Heard, Alex Kingston and Ned Beatty.
Inge (Reaser) is a feisty young German woman who has come to Minnesota to marry Olaf (Guinee), a young Norwegian immigrant farmer of few words. But in a post-WWI, anti-German climate, the local minister (Heard) openly forbids the marriage.
Inge and Olaf fall in love despite the town’s disapproval. But when the town banker (Beatty) attempts to foreclose on the farm of his friend Frandsen (Cumming), Olaf takes a stand...and the community unites around the young couple, finally accepting Inge as one of their own.
"Sweet Land" is a haunting tale of love, struggle and endurance with a view of America often overlooked by the history books.
Special features will include an audio commentary with director Ali Selim and cast members Elisabeth Reaser and Tim Guinee, a "making of" featurette and the original theatrical trailer.
As a side note, the producers would you like you to know that "Sweet Land" is the first ever "carbon neutral" film.
To reduce and neutralize the greenhouse gasses produced in the creation of the film, the director Ari Selim used sunlight instead of generators; the cast and crew carpooled to the set, the prouction bought fewer airline tickets by not flying people home on the weekends; and Selim efficiently scheduled the film by “shooting out” a location before moving the mini-city of 11 trucks and trailers, 40 cars and 95 cast and crew to the next location.
After the shoot, every mile driven, every airline ticket, every gas receipt and every foot of film
processed was calculated and analyzed by scientists, who determined that "Sweet Land" still generated eight tons of CO2.
So the production then invested in windmills in Jamaica and reforestation projects in Germany to offset the CO2, helping to “neutralize” the effects of the making of the film on the environment.