Yesterday Sundance announced the short film lineup for 2015. Over 8000 films applied for the festival and The film Stoerre vaerie (Northern Great Mountain) by director Amanda Kernell is one out of 60 films accepted for the competition. It’s the first time a Sámi film will be shown at Sundance.
Stoerre vaerie (Northern Great Mountain) is about Elle 78 who does not like Sami people – though her first language was Sami and she grew up in the mountains in Lapland. Now she claims that she is completely Swedish and from the south. Under pressure from her son, she reluctantly returns north for her sister’s funeral. As they are about to leave, she understands that her son has planned for them stay with their relatives over night. Refusing to do so, Elle checks in at the local Grand hotel with all the tourists…
Amanda Kernell was born in 1986 in Umeå, in the far north of Sweden, with a Swedish mother and Sámi father. Since 2006, Amanda Kernell has directed several acclaimed shorts including, among others, Det kommer aldrig att gå över (This means forever) and in 2013 she finished her studies in Directing at the National Film School of Denmark. She is currently working on her first feature film Sameblod (Sámi blood) about a young sami girl in the 1930’s who decides to become Swedish and cuts all bonds with her sami background.
The film Stoerre vaerie (Northern Great Mountain) is a pilot/prologue for Amanda’s upcoming feature film and co-produced by Nordisk Film Sverige AB, Bautafilm AB and Sveriges Television with support from The International Sámi Film Centre, the Sami Parliament and Film i Västerbotten.
Read more in Sundance press release here
Director: Amanda Kernell + 4670 334 97 39
Producer Nordisk Film Sverige AB Lars G. Lindström +46 70 211 10 11
Producer Bautafilm AB: Oskar Östergren +4670 555 13 17
Our animation series in development, “Between Saajve and the sky“, has been selected to the prestigious pitching forum Financing forum for kids content. Only three projects are from Sweden of the totally selected 27.
Saajven jïh elmien gaske, the original title in sami language, are animated fairy-tale-adventures for young kids. The stories take place in the sami nature where the forest meets the mountains. Here, the birds and animals can talk and lives mythical creatures like the dumb but dangerous Staaloe and the mysterious Saajvo-people.
The project is developed at Bautafilm by Oskar Njajta Östergren, the visuals are created by Anders Östergren Njajta in co-operation with Endre Skandfer from the production company Fabelfjord. At the moment we are producing the pilot episode “Goeksegh / The northern lights“, so keep your eyes open for more news.
If questions, contact Patricia Fjellgren: +46 73 84 56 877, firstname.lastname@example.org
The European Parliament unveiled the winner of the 2017 LUX Prize at noon today in Strasbourg. The award went to Amanda Kernell’s Sami Blood!
Sámi actresses Lene Cecilia Sparrok and Mia Sparrok, who play the lead roles in Kernell’s film, collected the prize, after which they delivered a statement.
– “We are still here; we still exist. Every day, our people see the effects of colonial and racist thinking, as well as climate change.
Since 2007, the European Parliament LUX FILM PRIZE casts an annual spotlight on films that go to the heart of European public debate. The Parliament believes that cinema, a mass cultural medium, can be an ideal vehicle for debate and reflection on Europe and its future. The winning film will be screened in all 28 countries within EU and translated into all 24 languages.
Press release LUX Film Prize
Right now we are preparing the shooting of the short “Boom Boom” in Dividalen i, Norhern Norway. Per Josef Idivuoma is writer/director and Bautafilm in co-operation with Rein Film are producers. Boom boom is financed by Film i Västerbotten, Filmpool Nord, Int. Samiskt Filminstitut, Nordnorsk Filmsenter, The Sami parliament in Norway and Sweden, Arctic Image/Film Camp.
On the picture, from the left: Olle Wirenhed (FAD), Per Josef Idivuoma (Writer/director) and Ken Are Bongo (Cinematography).
Read more about the film here.
Today Hot Docs announced their line up for 2017. Among this years 2906 submissions, which is the highest number so far, three of our productions and co-productions are officially selected for North American Premiere! Horungen by Knutte Wester are also in competition for best Mid Lenght Documentary.
Hot Docs is North Americas biggest festival for documentaries. The festival takes place in Toronto/Canada between april 27 and may 7 2017.
In the program World Showcase
Horungen (A Bastard Child) 57 min by Knutte Wester
Production Bautafilm AB, Therese Högberg
Co-producer Pomor Film AS, Knut Skoglund
Tongue Cutters 85 min by Solveig Melkeraaen
Production Medieoperatörerna, Ingvil Giske
Co-producer Bautafilm AB, Fredrik Oskarsson
In the program Magnificent Obsessions
Hobbyhorse Revolution 88 min by Selma Vilhunen
Production Tuffi Films Oy, Elli Toivoniemi & Venla Hellstedt
Co-producer Bautafilm AB, Therese Högberg
Press Release Hot Docs World Showcase Program
Press Release Hot Docs Magnificent Obsessions Program
Read more on Hot Docs webb
One of the film’s amazing extras, Jon Nejla Kappfjell, holding the statue of the Dragon Award after the screening of Sami Blood in Tråante
Our co-production Sami Blood reaches home after his odyssey on the world’s festivals. At the Gothenburg Film Festival, all four screenings were sold out, and the film won the main prize Dragon Award – Best Nordic Film, the world’s largest film award with a cash prize of one million crowns!
After Gothenburg Sami Blood premiered on Sami land in Trondheim at the great 100th anniversary of the first Sami joint country meeting February 6, 1917. It was a very special screening with very nice response from the almost exclusively Sami audience. We say again congratulations to Director Amanda Kernell and the main producer Lars G Lindström Nordisk Film!