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Ellogierdu – The Tundra Within Me

Directed by Sara Margrethe Oskal
95 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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An artist returns to her childhood home, reconnecting with her Sámi heritage and finding love with a reindeer herder, in this strikingly beautiful Toronto-selected debut feature.

After living in Oslo for many years, artist Lena moves with her young son back to Sápmi in northern Norway to reconnect with her Sámi culture through an art project. While researching in the wintry tundra, she meets reindeer herder Máhtte whose mother, the head of the family, disapproves of their developing relationship. As decisions from the past come back to haunt her, Lena struggles to choose between her heart and her culture. This debut feature from Sara Margrethe Oskal – a director, screenwriter, actress and poet who grew up in a herding family in Kautokeino – was selected for the Toronto and Trømso Film Festivals.

Limited seats are available for patrons requiring access for wheelchairs, low vision and hearing loop. Please contact our ticketing team directly on 1300 733 733 or tickets@sff.org.au to complete your booking.
Its quiet drama captivates as it opens a window onto a culture that deserves recognition … it’s a powerful, personal depiction of looking forward without forgetting the past
Jared Mobarak, The Film Stage
The Tundra Within Me contextualizes the love story within a uniquely modern setting and reinvigorates it, growing grander and more textured and stunning than any expectations might allow
Alisha Mughal, Film Daze

Special Guest

Sara Margrethe Oskal
Director, Screenwriter
Sara Margrethe Oskal is a Norwegian Sámi filmmaker, actress and poet. Born and raised in Kautokeino, Oskal’s poetry collection Váimmu vuohttume reflected her experiences living in a family of reindeer herders, and her community and local culture. She holds a PhD in Performing Arts, and was nominated for the Nordic Council Literary Prize for Tireless Words in 2016.

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Wed 12 Jun
Dendy Newtown - Cinema 3
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Fri 14 Jun
Palace Norton Street - Cinema 3
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
First Nations Award
Original Title
Unclassified 15+
In Northern Sámi with English subtitles
Sara Margrethe Oskal
Mona Johanne Hoel
Risten Anine Kvernmo Gaup, Nils Ailu Kemi, Berit Ánne Oskal Kemi
Sara Margrethe Oskal
Anders Hoft
Anna Løvlund
Australian Premiere
First Nations, Women Directors, Focus on Women, Animals & Creatures, Scandinavia, Arts
Company Credits
Production Company: Freedom From Fear Films
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