Original Title Sameblod
Amanda Kernell’s powerful coming-of-age debut was an audience favourite at LIFF 2017 and also won the European Parliament’s prestigious Lux Prize for Best European Film. Elle, a teenage reindeer herder in 1930s Sweden faces a society rife with prejudice and discrimination as she is forcibly removed from her family and sent to a state boarding school. Elle must decide whether to remain with her people or pursue the education and opportunities otherwise denied her.
‘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’ - Guy Lodge, Variety
‘A spellbinding performance by young Lene Cecilia Sparrok.’ - Sheri Linden, LA Times
**From 15 Feb - 7 March Amanda Kernell’s gripping second feature Charter will also be available on Leeds Film Player **