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Chicago European Union Film Festival 2017
Chicago premiere!

Sami Blood


2016, Amanda Kernell, Sweden/Norway/Denmark, 110 min. With Hanna Alström, Anders Berg.

Show Times

  • Fri, Mar 24th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Mar 25th 8:15pm

“A moving, classically rendered coming-of-age tale set against the scarring social prejudices of the 1930s.” — Guy Lodge, Variety

“Emotionally charged…burns with anger and sadness.” — Stephen Mayne, Flickfeast

A taciturn elderly woman attends her sister’s funeral in Sweden’s far-north Lapland and remains strangely remote from the proceedings. As soon revealed in the film’s flashback narrative, the woman Christina was decades earlier the young ethnic Sami girl known as Elle-Marja (Sparrok), who abandoned her family and indigenous culture to pass as Swedish. Through Elle-Marja’s story, director Kernell reveals the systemic tragedy and harrowing history of a Nordic First People segregated and discriminated against, their children removed to special schools designed to eradicate their language and customs. Intellectually curious and ambitious Elle-Marja feels the pull of the wider world, and she walks away from her isolated prison of a school to remake herself in the image of the mainstream culture. In Swedish and Saami with English subtitles. Courtesy of Synergetic Distribution. DCP digital. (BS)

Saturday, March 25 at 8:15 PM: The screening will be preceded by a reception sponsored by the Society For Cinema and Media Studies Scandinavian Scholarly Interest Group.

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