SAMI BLOOD wins at the Tokyo International Film Festival

The Swedish film Sami Blood has won the Special Jury Prize and the Best Actress Awards at the Tokyo International Film Festival, which concluded over the weekend.

At the same time, the films sales agency LevelK closed a deal with Japanese distributor UNPLINK, acquiring all rights for the territory.

Directed by Swedish-Sami writer/director Amanda Kernell, Sami Blood looks at Sweden’s colonial oppression of the indigenous Sami folk in the 1930’s. Leading actress Lene Cecilia Sparrok plays a young reindeer herding Sámi girl who breaks all ties with her family and culture in pursuit of opportunities otherwise denied to her. Sparrok, who is a reindeer herder in her actual life, attended the festival alongside Kernell.

Sami Blood has previously won the European Cinema Label Award and the Fedeora Prize for Best Young Director at the Venice Film Festival.

Emma Vestrheim

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.