EXCLUSIVE: Trailer for Berlinale documentary Always Amber
- The first feature-length doc by Sweden's Lia Hietala and Hannah Reinikainen is about to world-premiere in the Berlinale's Panorama Dokumente section
The first feature-length documentary by Swedish filmmakers Lia Hietala and Hannah Reinikainen, Always Amber [+see also:
interview: Hannah Reinikainen, Lia Hie…
film profile], will world-premiere in the Berlinale's (20 February-1 March) Panorama Dokumente section. Hietala previously won the Teddy Award for Best Short Film at the festival in 2017, for My Gay Sister.
The film portrays 17-year-old Amber and their best friend Sebastian, who refuse to let society label their gender. Moving through a spectrum of fluid identities, they dream together, party together and form friendships with like-minded people. The queer teenagers inhabit an open and loving world far from the judging eyes of others, in which everything seems possible. But when Amber falls in love with Charlie, their utopian world is shaken to its core. Trust issues begin to emerge, and in the midst of it all, Amber has to face going through their transition alone.
Always Amber was produced by Göran Hugo Olsson, director of the hit documentaries Fuck You, Fuck You Very Much (1998), The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 [+see also:
film profile] (2011), Concerning Violence [+see also:
film profile] (2014) and That Summer [+see also:
film profile] (2018), and Melissa Lindgren, for Swedish company Story AB. Wide House has the international rights.
The film is set to premiere at the Berlinale on Friday 21 February.
Check out our exclusive trailer below:
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