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‘Sami Blood’ to screen in the Spotlight section at Sundance

One of the largest indie film festivals in the world, the Sundance Film Festival, has begun to unveil its programme for 2017. Scandinavian films are known for gracing the screens of the international sections of the festival (last year, for example, Land of Mine and Rams screened in the Spotlight category), and next year will be no exception.

So far, the Swedish-made but Egyptian-set film The Nile Hilton Incident has announced it will be premiering there, and now it seems another Swedish film will screen in the Spotlight section. Sami Blood, directed by Amanda Kernell, has been screening at major film festivals around the world and will now head to Sundance.

In Sami Blood, we follow Elle Marja, a fourteen-year-old reindeer-herding Sámi girl. Exposed to the racism of the 1930’s and race biology 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.

Sami Blood had its premiere at the Venice Film Festival in 2016, where it won the Europa Cinemas Label Award and the Fedeora Award for Best Debut Director.

 

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.