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    Sami Blood

    Sameblod

    Directed by

    Sweden, Denmark, Norway

    2016

    112 min

    Drama

    Venice Days

    Elle Marja, 14, is a reindeer-breeding Sami girl. Exposed to the racism of the 1930s and phrenological examinations at her boarding school, she starts dreaming of another life. To achieve this other life she has to become someone else and break all ties with her family and culture.

    Awards

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    • Special Jury Prize, Best Actress (Lene Cecilia Sparrok) - Tokyo IFF
    • Europa Cinemas Label, FEDEORA Award for Best Debut Director - Venice Days
    • Human Values Award - Thessaloniki IFF
    • Dragon Award Best Nordic Film, Cinematography Award - Göteborg FF
    • Audience Award - Kosmorama Trondheim IFF
    • Youth Jury Award - Luxembourg City FF
    • Best Actress Baltic Gaze (Lene Cecilia Sparrok) - Vilnius IFF
    • Special Recognition - Zlín FF
    • Official Competition Grand Jury Prize, Golden Space Needle Award for Best Actress (Lene Cecilia Sparrok) - Seattle

    Festivals

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    Credits

    Cast
    Lene Cecilia Sparrok
    Mia Erika Sparrok
    Maj Doris Rimpi
    Julius Fleischanderl
    Olle Sarri
    Hanna Alström
    Malin Crépin
    Andreas Kundler
    Ylva Gustafsson
    Screenplay
    Amanda Kernell
    Cinematography
    Sophia Olsson
    Petrus Sjövik
    Editing
    Anders Skov
    Production
    NORDISK FILM PRODUCTION
    Production
    SVERIGE AB
    Sales
    LEVELK

    Press

    Attractively assembled coming-of-age story.

    Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

    A stirring debut.

    Guy Lodge, Variety

    Intense and blunt.

    Vittoria Scarpa, Cineuropa

    Sparrok is a revelation and the true highlight of this film.

    Emma Vestrheim, Cinema Scandinavia

    A moving, classically rendered coming-of-age tale set against the scarring social prejudices of the 1930s.

    Guy Lodge, Variety

    Amanda Kernell

    Amanda Kernell

    Sweden

    Amanda Kernell was born in northern Sweden 1986, with a swedish mother and a sami father. Nowadays she lives in Copenhagen where she graduated from The National Film School of Denmark in 2013. She she has directed several acclaimed shorts including, NORTHERN GREAT MOUNTAIN upon which her feature film SAMI BLOOD was based. The short premiered at Sundance and has won various awards, such as the Audience Award at Göteborg International Film Festival and Best Swedish Short at Uppsala International Short Film Festival. Her debut feature SAMI BLOOD premiered at Venice IFF and went on to screen at many international festivals, including Toronto IFF, Sundance FF, IFF Rotterdam and more. Her new short film CHARTER will be on Sundance Film Festival 2020.

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