Magazine article Screen International

Goteborg: Lucrative Dragon Award Goes to 'Sami Blood'

Magazine article Screen International

Goteborg: Lucrative Dragon Award Goes to 'Sami Blood'

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Swedish director Amanda Kernell's Sami Blood won the Dragon award for best nordic feature in Goteborg, worth $114,000 (1m SEK), making it one of the most lucrative prizes at any international film festival.

Kernell's debut feature is a drama about a teenage Sami girl who resolves to leave behind her identity in racist 1930s society and start a new life in Uppsala. Kernell, who has Sami heritage, was inspired by her grandmother's own story. At the Goteborg awards gala, Kernell (pictured) thanked "the elders who shared their stories with me".

The film also won the Sven Nykvist cinematography award for DoP Sophia Olsson.

Sami Blood premiered in Venice Days and then played at festivals including Toronto, Tokyo and Dubai. LevelK handles sales.

Other winners in Goteborg were: best Nordic documentary to Obaidah Zytoon and Andreas Dalsgaard's Syria story The War Show, which the jury said was "a monumental and uncompromising film" and "a punch in the face to all of us"; the Ingmar Bergman award for best debut to The Impossible Picture by Sandra Wollner from Germany; and the Lorens award for best producer to Heartstone's Anton Máni Svansson, Lise Orheim Stender, Jesper Morthorst and Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson. …

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