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Sami Blood wins at the Seattle International Film Festival

Over the weekend the Seattle International Film Festival came to a close, with Sami Blood winning two awards.

The film, which is the debut feature from Amanda Kernell, won the main competition. Actress Lene Cecilia Sparrok was in attendance to also accept the Golden Space Needle Award for Best Actress.

Sami Blood has won multiple film festival awards around the world, most notably the Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film at the Göteborg Film Festival. Sami Blood is the story of a fourteen-year-old Sami girl who is exposed to the racism found in the far north in the 1930’s and begins to dream of another, very Swedish life. However, in order to achieve this, she needs to cut ties with her Sami culture.

The jury said in their deliberation: “For its beautifully nuanced and spare portrayal of the struggle to discover who you are, both because of and in spite of where you are from, featuring a stunning and expressive central performance and lush cinematography of a rarely seen culture, we present the Grand Jury Prize to Sami Blood.”

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.