Sami Blood

Sami Blood

The movie is in Swedish with English subtitles.

Amanda Kernell's powerful feature debut follows a teenage Sámi girl in the 1930s who is forcibly removed from her family and sent to a state boarding school that is intended to raise its Indigenous charges to a level "acceptable" to the rest of Swedish society.

Running Time
110 minutes
Release to DVD: T.B.A.

The Critics Comment

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Michael O'Sullivan/Washington Post
Sami Blood is a beautiful, haunting film, anchored by a startlingly accomplished lead performance.

Guy Lodge/Variety
This handsome debut feature from Swedish-Sami writer-director Amanda Kernell robustly blends adolescent fears that resonate across borders and generations with a fascinatingly specific, rarely depicted cultural context: Sweden’s colonial oppression of the indigenous Sami folk.

Sherri Linden/Los Angeles Times
Writer-director Amanda Kernell’s assured first feature has a classic sheen, but with its powerful sense of place and sensitive performances, it’s no fusty museum piece.

Colin Covert/Minneapolis Star Tribune
Psychologically deep and emotionally vivid, it's a complex trip through personal and national history.

Sara Ward/Art Hub
Composed and compelling in its many forms: as a snapshot of Scandi cultural conflict; [and] as a character study of a girl finding her way in an unkind world.

Felipe Freitas/Film Threat
Sami Blood gets a solid recommendation from me based on the strength of its lead character, and the interesting angle and added layers to its very familiar premise.


Fargo Film Festival Winner: Best Narrative

Göteborg Film Festival Winner: Dragon Award, Cinematography Award

Kosmorama, Trondheim Internasjonale Filmfestival Winner: Audience Award

Luxembourg Film Festival Winner: Children's Award

Newport Beach Film Festival Winner: Audience Award

Riviera Film Festival Winner: Jury Prize

Santa Barbara International Film Festival Winner: Valhalla Award

Santa Fe International Film Festival Winner: Audience Award

Seattle International Film Festival Winner: Space Needle award

Thessaloniki Film Festival Winner: Human Values Award

Tokyo International Film Festival Winner: Best Actress, Special Jury Awards

Venice Film Festival Winner: Best Actress in a Debut Film

Ziln International Film Festival Winner: Best European First Film

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