Berlinale: Programme


NATIVe - Indigenous Cinema

Sameblod

Sami Blood

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In the 1930s, Elle Marja is forced to leave her reindeer-breeding Sámi family to attend boarding school far away from home, a typical practice at that time. In the midst of adolescence, she is as strong-minded as she is rebellious and she knows how to hide her feelings all too well, even from herself. She strives for the approval of her teachers by outshining her classmates in adapting to Swedish culture, which she has been taught is far superior to her own. Yearning to fit into a society that is not truly open to welcoming her people, she suffers discrimination and psychological cruelty. Still, she would rather completely forsake her roots if it helped her to fit in. Amanda Kernell's outstanding debut feature offers an insightful commentary on the abuse imposed upon the Sámi by official institutions, subtly rendering a disturbing atmosphere which provokes empathetic indignation.

by
Amanda Kernell

Sweden / Denmark / Norway 2016

Swedish, Southern Sámi

110 min · Colour

With

Lene Cecilia Sparrok (Elle Marja)
Mia Erika Sparrok (Njenna)
Maj Doris Rimpi (Christina/Elle Marja)
Julius Fleischanderl (Niklas)
Olle Sarri (Olle)
Hanna Alström (Teacher)
Malin Crépin (Elise)
Andreas Kundler (Gustav)
Ylva Gustafsson (Laevie)

Crew

Written and directed by
Amanda Kernell
Director of Photography
Sophia Olsson
Music
Kristian Eidnes Andersen
Producer
Lars G. Lindström
Co-producers
Tomas Radoor, Jim Hansen, Oskar Östergren
Co-production
Nordisk Film Production A/S
DigiPilot A/S
Bautafilm AB

Biography

Amanda Kernell

Born in 1986 in Northern Sweden. She studied film directing at The National Film School of Denmark and graduated in 2013. Since 2006, 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.

Filmography

2007 Våra Discon (Our Disco) 2008 Spel (Games) · Semestersystern (The Holiday Sister) 2009 Att dela allt (Share All) 2011 Det kommer aldrig att gå över (This Means Forever) 2014 Paradiset (Eutopia) 2015 Stoerre Vaerie (Northern Great Mountain) 2016 I Will Always Love You Kingen · Sameblod (Sami Blood)

Produced by

Nordisk Film Production Sverige
Stockholm, Sweden
+46 702111011

World sales

LevelK
Frederiksberg, Denmark
+45 4844 3072

levelk.dk