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The Last Sentence

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Oscar-nominated director Jan Troell, one of Sweden’s most acclaimed filmmakers, directs the biopic The Last Sentence. Set against the backdrop of WWII, The Last Sentence is based on the life of crusading journalist Torgny Segerstedt, editor-in-chief of one of Sweden’s leading newspapers, highlighting his one-man battle against Nazism and his country’s policy of appeasement to Hitler. 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 (Danish star Jesper Christensen, Nymphomaniac: Volume 1, Melancholia), 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. Maja Forssman is played by Pernilla August, winner of the Cannes Best Actress Award for Bille August’s Best Intentions. Jan Troell is best known to US audiences for his critically acclaimed film Everlasting Moments (also starring Jesper Christensen), as well as The New Land and The Emigrants (1972), starring Max Von Sydow and Liv Ullman, which received 5 Oscars nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Screenplay and Best Foreign Language Film. Beautifully filmed in black-and-white, The Last Sentence is a gripping tale of a man who risked his life for his beliefs and refused to be silenced.

Reactions, Awards & Festivals

“A richly detailed portrait of a great man riddled with flaws and undone by adulation.”

Ella Taylor


A magnificent film…Troell is a great and restrained director, seldom extravagant or showy, but trusting of actors, décor and a relentless attention to mixed motives."

David Thomson

The New Republic

“Fascinating. Unexpected, a true tale of WWII resistance from a new perspective”

Stephen Schaefer

The Boston Herald


Marshall Fine

Huffington Post

“Eloquent, original and engrossing”

Michael Sragow

Orange County Register

Winner! World Film Festival Montreal 2012 - Best Director

Winner! Chicago Film Festival - Silver Hugo Award, Best Actress

Cast & Crew
  • Torgny Segerstedt : Jesper Christensen
  • Puste Segerstedt : Ulla Skoog
  • Maja Forssman : Pernilla August
  • Axel Forssman : Björn Granath
  • Director : Jan Troell
  • Writers : Kenne Fant (book), Klaus Rifbjerg, Jan Troell
  • Producer(s) : Francy Suntinger
  • Executive producers(s) : Lars Blomgren, Jessica Ask, Gunnar Carlsson, Lone Korslund, Merete Mortensen, Per-Erik Svensson
  • Co-producer(s) : Film i Väst, Filmpool Nord, SVT, Nordisk Film, Stena Sessan, NFPP, Dagsljus, Maipo & Jan Troell, Synnøve Hørsdal
  • Editor : Ulrika Rang, Jan Troell
  • Cinematographer : Mischa Gavrjusjov
  • Sound Editor : Olle Tannergård
  • Original Music : Gaute Storaas (composer)
Technical Info
  • Production Year : 2011
  • Release Date : June 20, 2014
  • Countries of Production : Sweden
  • Languages : Swedish
  • Running Time : 126 minutes
  • Screen Ratio : 1.85:1
  • Sound : 5.1, DTS, and Dolby Digital
  • Color : Color
  • Rating : Not Rated
DVD/Blu-Ray Special Features

“A Close Scrutiny: Behind the Scenes of The Last Sentence” by Yohanna Troell