Border (Gräns)

Certificate 15

(2018) 110 mins

Director: Ali Abbasi
Writers: Ali Abbasi, Isabella Eklöf, based on the short story by John Ajvide Lindqvist
Cinematography: Nadim Karlsen
Production Design: Frida Hoas
Music: Christoffer Berg, Martin Dirkov



Tina (Eva Melander) is a border guard with a facial disfiguration who has the ability to smell human emotions and catch smugglers. When she comes across a mysterious man (Eero Milonoff) with a smell that confounds her detection, and an appearance similar to her own, she is forced to confront hugely disturbing insights about herself and humankind. 

In Swedish with subtitles

Winner, Un Certain Regard award at the Cannes Film Festival

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Showings of this film are part of our Cinematheque season which is supported by the British Film Institute.



“Director Ali Abbasi presents us with an extremely profound tale that goes beyond the obvious story of self-discovery and acceptance and speaks to the world at large on the subject of tolerance and coexistence. It’s an allegory masked in grotesque whimsy: a bold and powerful message hidden in an adult fairytale.”  The Upcoming

“A weird romantic thriller, with the emphasis on weird.”  Radio Times

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