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World Fiction Jury Winner (Border)

  • 109 min
  • World Fiction
  • Swedish
  • Sweden
  • 2018
Despite having the remarkable gift of being able to smell emotions, a border agent leads a mundane existence until she meets a stranger who shares her unique abilities and upends her life.
About The Film

Equal parts thriller, adult fairytale, romantic drama and social commentary, Border is a difficult-to-classify film that tells the story of Tine (Eva Melander), a Swedish border agent who has the remarkable ability to smell human emotions. While this makes her very effective at her job, it also leads to a life of loneliness, despite having an in-name-only boyfriend. One day she stops Vore (Eero Milonoff), a man who shares her strange abilities. As the two become closer, Tine discovers more about herself, her past and her place in the world.

Based on a short story by John Ajvide Lindqvist (author of Let the Right One In), Border is steeped in Norse mythology, perfectly combining supernatural elements with nuanced, down-to-earth performances and social realism. Winner of the “Un Certain Regard” award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the film is an intelligent and idiosyncratic mix of genres that defy easy labels by the Iranian-born, Denmark-based Ali Abbasi, on its way to becoming a cult classic.

- Ernie Quiroz, Associate Programmer

Winner of Cannes Un Certain Regard

Director
  • Ali Abbasi
Producers
  • Nina Bisgaard
  • Piodor Gustafsson
  • Petra Jonsson
Executive Producers
  • Anna Croneman
  • Peter Nyrėn
  • Thomas Gammeltoft
  • Erika Wasserman
Starring
  • Eva Melander
  • Eero Milonoff
  • Jögen Thorsson
  • Ann Petrén
  • Sten Ljungren
Screenwriters
  • Ali Abbasi
  • Isabella Eklöf
  • John Ajvide Lindqvist
US Distribution
  • NEON
Production Companies
  • Meta Films
Cinematographer
  • Nadim Carlsen
Editors
  • Olivia Neergaard-Holm
  • Anders Skov

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