Alltid Amber

Always Amber

At the age of 17, Amber opted for the gender-neutral Swedish pronoun “hen” and began consulting a therapist specialising in gender identities. “If I lived with my friends on a deserted island where there are no norms, I might not be here,” says Amber. They are part of a new queer generation that confidently demands freedoms and opportunities not offered to them by society. Lia Hietala and Hannah Reinikainen’s long-term observational documentary spans three years, the film gives us a glimpse of what it might be like to live on Amber’s utopian island. (Berlinale)

Director's Biography
Lia Hietala (*1993) is a student of fine art at the University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. For her first short film, IF I SAY NO, she received a scholarship from the North Norwegian Film Center. Hannah Reinikainen (*1992) studied journalism at Stockholm University as well as documentary filmmaking at Biskops Arnö Nordens Folkhögskola. ALWAYS AMBER is their first collaboration.
Director's Filmography (Selection)
Alltid Amber (Always Amber, 2020, doc, Hietala & Reinikainen) - Hon skallar bara dom hon älskar (She Only Beats the Ones She Loves, 2017, short, Reinikainen) Min Homosyster (My Gay Sister, 2017, short, Hietala) – Nybohovsbacken (2016, short doc, Reinikainen) – If I Say No (2016, short, Hietala)
Crossing Europe VOD · European Panorama Documentary 2021
Lia Hietala, Hannah Reinikainen
Sweden 2020
76 minutes
Swedish / Italian
OV with English subtitles
Cinematography Lia Hietala, Sara Thisner Lindstedt, Amber Mastracci, Luciano Mastracci, Alma Mastracci, Cormelia Isaksson
Editing Hannah Reinikainen, Lia Hietala, Anton Hemgren, Charlotte Landelius
Sound/Sounddesign Hannah Reinikainen, Joel Viksten Abrahamsson, Sigrid Windolf
Music ShitKid
With Amber Mastracci, Sebastian, Olivera, Alma Mastracci, Luciano Mastracci
Producer(s) Göran Hugo Olsson, Melissa Lindgren
Story AB
World Sales
Reservoir Docs
Austrian Premiere
World Premiere
Berlinale 2020

Crossing Europe VOD-Premiere
06.06. - 06.07.2021, online
More details on the VOD program HERE
(only available for streaming in Austria)