This year, Scandinavia House is pleased to co-present the new Swedish film Always Amber with NewFest — the New York LGBTQ Film Festival from Friday, October 16 through Tuesday, October 27! An invitation into the social-media-driven world of its titular genderqueer character Amber, Hannah Reinikainen Bergeman and Lia Hietala’s feature directorial debut explores teenage trans/non-binary identity with tact, compassion, and clarity, allowing Amber full agency in chronicling their story. Framed by professionally shot scenes at a doctor’s office and Amber’s own Snapchats, Instagram Stories, and DMs, the directors capture queer and trans teenage angst and complicated relationships in their most authentic, bold, and transgressive moments. Throughout this singular cinematic experience, Amber remains an awe-inspiring and unapologetically themself narrator, co-cinematographer, and star — demonstrating what can happen when filmmakers treat documentary “subjects” as participants in their own depictions.
The film will be followed by a Q&A.
This year’s New York LGBTQ Film Festival runs October 16 through 27, 2020, and features 120+ new films available to view virtually throughout the United States, topical conversations, virtual events and more. Scandinavia House will also co-present the new Finnish documentary Kelet; click here to learn more.