Sami Blood stars, Mia Erika Sparrok and Lene Cecilia Sparrok, collect the LUX Prize in Strasbourg

Sámi Blood wins the 2017 LUX Film Prize

The winner of this year’s LUX Film Prize was announced by European Parliament President Antonio Tajani in Strasbourg on Tuesday.

Sámi Blood, a Swedish/Norwegian/Danish co-production, won the 11th edition of the prize which aims to cast a spotlight on films that go to the heart of European public debate.

Sámi Blood, by Swedish director Amanda Kernell, tells the story of a young Sami girl who abandons her community because she dreams of a different life, but has to face racist attitudes in pursuing her goal. Mia Erika Sparrok and Lene Cecilia Sparrok, stars of the film, were present to collect the award.

President Tajani, congratulating the winners, said:

"The Lux Prize is in the vanguard of promoting cinema that is MADE IN EUROPE, of our creative industry and our cultural and linguistic diversity. The "seventh art" was born here in Europe. Cinema is a driver of culture, values and dialogue. This edition paves the way to a successful 2018 one, in the year of European cultural heritage. Cultural heritage is not only made up of literature and art. It is made also of the stories we tell and the films we watch. It is the fabric of our lives."

For more information, visit the Lux Prize website.

Image credit: Mia Erika Sparrok and Lene Cecilia Sparrok, stars of Sámi Blood, collect the LUX Filme Prize © EU 2017 - EP