Production of Stolen recently started in Sápmi. Today Netflix announced that Elin Kristina Oskal stars in the leading role of Elsa, alongside Lars-Ánte Wasara and Martin Wallström. The film is directed by Elle Márjá Eira and set to release globally on Netflix in 2024.
Stolen is based on the critically acclaimed novel Stolen by award-winning author Ann-Helén Laestadius. The film adaption portrays a young woman’s struggle to defend her indigenous heritage in a world where xenophobia is on the rise, climate change is threatening reindeer herding, and young people choose suicide in the face of collective desperation. But the story also lays bare the tensions that arise when modern ideas come up against a traditional culture with deeply rooted patriarchal structures.The cast includes Elin Kristina Oskal, Martin Wallström, Lars-Ánte Wasara, Ida Persson Labba, Pávva Pittja, Ingahilda Tapio, Magnus Kuhmunen, Simon Issát Marainen, Niilá Omma and Anne Lajla Westerfjell Kalstad, among many others. Stolen is Elin Kristina Oskal’s acting debut in a feature film. She says: ”It’s incredibly cool to get to know the film industry from the inside – I have always been curious about it. I’m so grateful to be a part of this!” The film is directed by Elle Márjá Eira ((The Sámi Have Rights, Ealát)), and written for the screen by Peter Birro (Monica Z, 438 Days).Elle Márjá Eira says: “We’re in the midst of production right now. It has been exciting and demanding days in minus 35 degrees. We love snow! I am so impressed and proud of the whole cast and crew – especially the Sami. It’s also incredibly beautiful to be able to speak my own language, which is Sami, on set.” Ann-Helén Laestadius is also attached to the project as executive producer.Stolen is planned to be released globally on Netflix in 2024.Find out more about Stolen on: www.netflix.com/stolen