A reindeer-breeding Sámi girl who is exposed to the racism of the 1930's at her boarding school, starts dreaming of another life. But to achieve it, she has to become someone else and break all ties with her family and culture.
Sami Blood is a 2016 Swedish coming-of-age drama film written and directed by Amanda Kernell, as her feature film debut. The first 10 minutes of the film (and part of the end) comes directly from the short film Stoerre Vaerie. Stoerre Vaerie is Kernell's first film with Sami themes and it was nominated for the Short Film Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah, USA.
The film premiered at the 73rd edition of the Venice Film Festival in the Venice Days section, in which it was awarded the Europa Cinemas Label Award and the Fedeora Award for Best Debut Director. It won the 2017 Lux Prize and was nominated for the 2017 Nordic Council Film Prize.
‘An eloquent coming-of-age drama set in 1930s Sweden that revolves around a spellbinding performance by young Lene Cecilia Sparrok.’ Los Angeles Times
'"Sami Blood" is a beautiful, haunting film, anchored by a startlingly accomplished lead performance. It has the feeling of a distant memory - one that is neither entirely pleasant nor painful, but persistent.’ Washington Post
‘Swedish helmer Amanda Kernell makes a stirring debut with a coming-of-age tale that pointedly addresses a bygone era of Scandi colonialism.’ Variety
BZN International Film Festival 2018 Winner of the Audience Award - Narrative Feature
Fargo Film Festival 2018 Winner Best Narrative Feature
Guldbagge Awards 2018 Winner of the Audience Award Winner Guldbagge for Best Actress Winner of Best Screenplay
Göteborg Film Festival 2017 Winner Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film
Kosmorama, Trondheim Internasjonale Filmfestival 2017 Winner of the Audience Award
Luxembourg City Film Festival 2017 Winner of the Youth Jury Award
Newport Beach Film Festival 2017 Winner of the Audience Award for best Foreign Feature
Riviera International Film Festival 2017 Winner Jury Prize for Best Director
Venice Film Festival 2016 Winner of the Fedeora Award for Best Director of a Debut Film (Venice Days)