2016 / Sweden / Narrative
The Sami people live high in the mountains of Sweden, indigenous, outcast reindeer herders secluded far from modernity. Teenager Elle-Marja yearns for a life beyond the rocky peaks, hoping an education can help her escape her segregated heritage. As she balances her own guilt, feelings of otherness and maturation, Elle-Marja takes bold steps towards her dreams. Set in the subtle beauty of 1930s Scandinavia and acted with a superb performance by the lead actress, SAMI BLOOD deals with the complexities of ethnic prejudice through a heart filled personal tale of desire and resilience. Loosely based on the life of her own grandmother, Amanda Kernell’s feature film debut is a brilliant display of filmmaking, a new cinematic voice speaking to the future through the past.
Following Kernell’s success in short films, her debut feature SAMI BLOOD went on to play Venice, Toronto and Sundance Film Festivals. Born in Sweden in 1986, Kernell now lives in Copenhagen graduating from The National Film School of Denmark in 2013. She is currently writing her second feature at Nordisk Film.
Sun / Oct 29 / 1:30 PM
The Warehouse Theatre