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dir. Ali Abbasi
2018 |  Sweden, Denmark | Drama, Fantasy, Romance | In Swedish with English subtitles | 108 mins | M18 – Nudity and Sexual Scene

Winner of the Un Certain Regard award at Cannes Film Festival 2018

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.

 

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