Following premieres at TIFF, Venice, Sundance, Berlin and many others, Amanda Kernell’s striking drama SAMI BLOOD will open at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema in New York on June 2, 2017 via Synergetic Distribution. Additional cities nationwide will open in the weeks following.
Set in 1930s Sweden during the pre-Nazi Eugenics movement, SAMI BLOOD (SAMEBLOD) follows Elle, a young indigenous Lapland girl made to feel like an inferior species when she’s subjected to indoctrination and race biology in a Swedish boarding school. Elle escapes, and in doing so is estranged from her sister, her family and her culture. The film is a unique and intimate perspective on the history of the Sami people, and tells a story of oppression that resonates across borders and generations.
SAMI BLOOD features a breakthrough performance from its young lead actress Lene Cecilia Sparrok, who has never acted before and is Sami herself. She stars in the film alongside her sister Mia Sparrok. The film is the debut feature from writer/director Amanda Kernell, who based the narrative off of her own grandmother’s life.