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Activities - 09/09/2016

 

Amanda Kernell’s SAMI BLOOD (Sameblod) wins Europa Cinemas Venice Label

 

Amandas Kernell’s SAMI BLOOD, a Swedish-Danish-Norwegian co-production, has won the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European Film in the Giornate degli Autori-Venice Days section of the Venice Film Festival, it was announced today by a jury of three exhibitors from the network. 2016 marks the thirteenth time the Label has been awarded in Venice.

In receiving the Label, SAMI BLOOD will benefit from promotional support from Europa Cinemas and better exhibition thanks to a financial incentive for network cinemas to include it in their programme schedule.

The jury issued the following statement: “This debut feature is a very powerful piece of story-telling. An emotionally charged look at the search for identity, the film introduces audiences to the relatively unknown history of the Sami people in Northern Scandinavia. But above all, SAMI BLOOD celebrates the enormous bravery of a young girl prepared to risk all in order to move away from the confines of her life. With strong performances and a truly cinematic feel, the director avoids all the usual tricks of narrative to deliver a highly original and totally absorbing film, which has relevance well beyond Scandinavia.”

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Amanda Kernell is both the director and the co-screenwriter with Lars G Lindström as the producer. The film is a Nordisk Film Production Sverige AB production, a co-production with Bautafilm AB, Digipilot, AS Nordisk Film Production,  A/S Sveriges Television AB in collaboration with ISFI, Film Fond Nord, Kulturnäringsstiftelsen Sparebank1 NordNorge Sametinget, Film i Västerbotten, Konstnärsnämnden with the support of the Swedish Film Institute, the Danish Film Institute, and Eurimages. Cinematography is by Sophia Olsson and Petrus Sjövik; editing by Anders Skov; music by Kristian Eidnes Andersen; sound by Brian Dyrby and Mira Falk; production design by Olle Remaeus and costumes by Viktoria Mattila, Sara Svonni.

The cast includes Lene Cecilia Sparrok [Elle Marja], Mia Erika Sparrok [Njenna], Maj Doris Rimpi [Christina/Elle Marja], Julius Fleischandrl [Niklas], Olle Sarri [Olle], Hanna Alström [Lärarinnan], Malin Crépin [Elise], Andreas Kundler [Gustav] and Ylva Gustafsson [Laevie].

Synopsis : Elle Marja, 14, is a reindeer-breeding Sámi girl. Exposed to the racism of the 1930s 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. 

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Amanda Kernell (Umeå, 1986), who has a Swedish mother and a Sámi father, graduated in film directing from The National Film School of Denmark in 2013. She has directed several acclaimed shorts including Stoerre Vaerie, the pilot for her first feature film Sámi Blood, which premiered at Sundance and has won a number of awards, such as the Audience Award at the Göteborg Film Festival and Best Short at the Uppsala Film Festival.

The winning film was decided by a jury of three network exhibitors: GERARDO DE VIVO – Modernissimo (Napoli) – ITALY; MICHEL FERRY – Les Carmes (Orléans) – FRANCE and JOHN MORGAN-TAMOSUNAS – Watermans Cinema/ Tricycle Kilburn (London) – UK.

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