Sámi Blood bags the world’s largest film award at Göteborg
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- Amanda Kernell’s feature debut was named Best Nordic Film at the Swedish film festival, which celebrated its 40th anniversary this year
Swedish-Sámi director Amanda Kernell’s first feature, Sámi Blood [+see also:
interview: Amanda Kernell
interview: Lars Lindstrom
film profile], which had already been honoured at Venice and Thessaloniki, received the world’s largest film prize, the Dragon Award for Best Nordic Feature, which comes with SEK 1 million (€104,000), at the closing ceremony of Sweden’s Göteborg International Film Festival on Saturday (4 February), in Gothenburg’s Auktionsverket Kulturarena.
Set in the 1930s, the film portrays a 14-year-old reindeer-breeding Sámi girl, who must endure racism and biology examinations at her boarding school. She starts dreaming of another life, but to achieve this, she has to become someone else and break all ties with her family and culture.
Sámi Blood, which was included in the festival’s focus on new productions from the Arctic area of Sápmi (aka Lapland) in northern Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia, also garnered Sophia Olsson the Sven Nykvist Cinematography Award. It will be released in Sweden on 3 March.
Danish director Andreas Dalsgaard and Syrian journalist Obaidah Zytoon’s Venice Days winner The War Show [+see also:
interview: Andreas Dalsgaard
film profile] – the Arab Spring in Syria as seen through the eyes and lens of radio host Zytoon, and how the war affected her and her friends – bagged the Award for Best Nordic Documentary.
At the end of Göteborg’s 40th-anniversary programme, Belgian directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne were presented with the Honorary Dragon Award. The Nordic Honorary Dragon Award had already been given to Danish director Lone Scherfig, whose new British-Swedish feature Their Finest [+see also:
interview: Lone Scherfig
film profile] took home the Audience Award for Best Feature; finally, Swedish director Rojda Sekersöz’s Beyond Dreams scooped Best Nordic Feature.
Here is the full list of winners at the 40th Göteborg International Film Festival:
Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award
The Impossible Picture – Sandra Wollner (Germany/Austria)
Sven Nykvist Cinematography Award
Sophia Olsson – Sámi Blood
Lorens Award for Best Producer
Anton Máni Svansson, Lise Orheimm Stender, Jesper Morthorst, Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson – Heartstone [+see also:
interview: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
film profile] (Iceland/Denmark)
Audience Award for Best Nordic Feature
Beyond Dreams – Rojda Sekersöz (Sweden)
Honorary Dragon Award
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Nordic Honorary Dragon Award
My Burden – Niki Lindroth von Bahr (Sweden)
Audience Award for Best Short
My Burden – Niki Lindroth von Bahr
Angelos Ecumenical Prize
Beyond Dreams – Rojda Sekersöz
Göteborg Film Prize
Fragilite – Abang Bashi (Sweden)
Mai Zetterling Scholarship
Doris Foundation Prize
Swedish producer China Åhlander
Swedish writer-director Johanna Pyykkö
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