Sami Blood


A riveting feature-length directorial debut by a talented Swedish screenwriter
Amanda Kernell, Sami Blood takes an in-depth inside look at the Sámi
ethnic minority’s life in Sweden and almost physically depicts the darkest
parts of the country’s colonialist history.
The main character of the story is Elle Marja, a 14-year-old Sámi girl whose
family lives off breeding reindeers behind the Arctic Circle in the 1930s.
After she is exposed to ubiquitous racism of the era and subjected to
a humiliating examination at her boarding school, she begins to dream of
a new, different life. But in order to attain it, she must become somebody
else, which means severing all bonds with her family and culture. Besides
the poignantly realistic atmosphere, the film’s impact is amplified by the
impressive performance by Lene Cecilia Sparrok, a debuting young actress
who portrayed the heroine.

  • Year:
  • Runtime:
  • Country:
    Sweden, Denmark, Norway
  • Director:
    Amanda Kernell
  • Screenplay:
    Amanda Kernell
  • Dir. of Photography:
    Sophia Olsson, Petrus Sjövik
  • Music:
    Kristian Eidnes Andersen
  • Editor:
    Anders Skov
  • Cast:
    Lene Cecilia Sparrok, Mia Erika Sparrok, Maj Doris Rimpi, Olle Sarri, Hanna Alström, Julius Fleischanderl, Malin Crépin
  • Production:
    Nordisk Film Production, Sveriges Television, Bautafilm , DigiPilot
  • Sales:
    LevelK, FILM EUROPE MEDIA COMPANY (Slovak Distributor)
  • Festivals:
    Venice 2016 (European Cinema Label, Fedeora Award for Best Director of a Debut Film), Thessaloniki 2016


15.11.2017 19:00 Kino Záhoran Malacky
16.11.2017 10:00 Kino Mier Modra

About the Director:

Amanda Kernell

(1986, Umeå, Sweden) has roots in two cultures as she has a Swedish mother and a Sámi father. Since 2006, Kernell has directed several acclaimed shorts for the Direktörn & Fabrikörn production company, including The Holiday Sister (Semestersystern) and Sharing All (Att dela allt). She has studied writing for the stage and audio-visual media at Biskops-Arnö and has completed the Filmpool Nord course entitled “Screenwriting for low-budget feature films”. In 2009, she was accepted by the National Film School of Denmark to its prestigious four-year Film Directing programme.