A story of blooming love, the power of the land and the American immigrant experience sounds like a winning blend, right? In fact, it is. Released last fall, Sweet Land has snapped up film awards and is nominated for the 2006 Independent Spirit Award for “Best First Feature.”
|Sweet Land is the story of a mail-order bride from Europe who arrives in a small Minnesota town to meet her farmer husband-to-be. Not everything goes as expected because of some surprising twists, but in the end love and hospitality win out. |
The movie is based on the title story from A Gravestone Made of Wheat
(Simon & Schuster, 1989; available from www.amazon.com
) by Will Weaver, a member of First Lutheran Church
, Bemidji, Minn. The book, too, has won many awards, including the Minnesota Book Award for Fiction. “The same heart is still beating in the book and the movie. [Film director Ali Selim] did more with the Lutheran pastor than I did ... and improved on the story in some cases,” Weaver said.
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