This Swedish genre-bender crosses from social realism to fantasy thriller when a gifted customs officer meets a suspicious man.
Swedish customs officer Tina has a talent for sniffing out contraband—quite literally. She is able to smell guilt, fear and other emotions on the travellers who pass through her checkpoint. Her preternatural abilities make her the perfect border guard, until she encounters a mysterious man who reeks but otherwise appears clean. She soon discovers they share more in common than meets the nose.
Like the misfits at its heart, Border defies easy categorisation. Adapted from John Ajvide Lindqvist’s (Let the Right One In) eponymous novella, it manoeuvres through multiple genres, from Nordic noir to coming-of-age romance to supernatural horror. An immigrant himself, Ali Abbasi confidently draws on his outsider experience while invoking Nordic mythology to tell a story at once timely and timeless.
Cast & Credits
Iranian-born Ali Abbasi graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 2011. He made his feature film debut with Shelley (2016). Border received the Un Certain Regard Prize at the 71st Cannes Film Festival and has been selected to represent Sweden at the 91st Academy Awards.
Nina Bisgaard, Piodor Gustaffson, Petra Jönsson
Ali Abbasi, Isabella Eklöf, John Ajvide Lindqvist
Eva Melander, Eero Milonoff, Jörgen Thorsson
*Un Certain Regard Award, Cannes Film Festival 2018
*Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2018
*Official Selection, Busan International Film Festival 2018