On Sunday, at a ceremony and breakfast held at the Space Needle, the Seattle International Film Festival announced Sami Blood (Sameblod) as winner of the main compeition, with Lene Cecilia Sparrok receiving the Golden Space Needle Audience Award for Best Actress.
Sami Blood, the debut feature from writer and director Amanda Kernell, won the Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film at the 40th Göteborg Film Festival with its tale of a 14-year-old reindeer-breeding Sámi girl.
Exposed to the racism of the 1930’s and eugenics experiments 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.
The jury said in their deliberation: “For its beautifully nuanced and spare portrayal of the struggle to discover who you are, both because of and in spite of where you are from, featuring a stunning and expressive central performance and lush cinematography of a rarely seen culture, we present the Grand Jury Prize to Sami Blood.”
Amanda Kernell first hit the spotlight in 2015 with a Guldbagge nomination for her short film Stoerre Vaerie (Great Northern Mountain), which went on to win Best Swedish Short Audience Award at the Göteborg International Film Festival.