Screened as part of NZIFF 2018

Border 2018


Directed by Ali Abbasi

An ingenious and twisted blend of crime drama and supernatural romance, this thrillingly unpredictable Swedish film from the writer of Let the Right One In delivers a fresh spin on Nordic mythology.

Sweden In Swedish with English subtitles
108 minutes CinemaScope/DCP




Nina Bisgaard
Piodor Gustaffson
Petra Jönsson


Ali Abbasi
Isabella Eklöf
John Ajvide Lindqvist. Based on the novel by Lindqvist


Nadim Carlsen


Olivia Neergaard-Holm
Anders Skov

Production designer

Frida Hoas

Costume designer

Elsa Fischer


Christoffer Berg
Martin Dirkov


Eva Melander
Eero Milonoff
Jörgen Thorsson
Ann Petrén
Sten Ljunggren
Kjell Wilhelmsen
Rakel Wärmländer
Andreas Kundler
Matti Boustedt


Cannes (Un Certain Regard) 2018


Un Certain Regard Prize, Cannes Film Festival 2018

Based on a short story from Let the Right One In author John Ajvide Lindqvist, this genre-defying supernatural romantic thriller draws us into the mysterious life of a gifted outsider. Iranian-born Swedish filmmaker Ali Abbasi has adapted and expanded Lindqvist’s cunning tale with assistance from the author himself and Isabella Eklöf, director of sun-soaked shocker Holiday.

Stout and ruddy with a puffed-up face and a pronounced overbite, customs officer Tina is used to being ignored, but her unique talent for literally sniffing out illegal contraband makes her an invaluable team member at the ferry port she works. She lives with a boyfriend who is more interested in his growling show dogs than spending any time with her. Tina only feels truly at home in the verdant woods surrounding her home, bonding with the wild animals that live there.

One day a strange man passes through the port that sends Tina’s senses tingling, but a search for contraband comes up empty. The man, Vore, shares a similar appearance to Tina and she soon becomes obsessed with finding more about him, but in doing so uncovers a dark secret about herself. — MM

“A gripping drama that rests on the strength of its two leads’ performances… Unique, unforgettable and cathartic, Border is an oddball, but poignant cult classic in the making. Abbasi’s sincerity wisely avoids caricature and mocking his marginalized characters and in doing so he crafts a surprisingly humanist and artful story of love for the diminished and dismissed outsiders of the world.” — Jordan Ruimy, The Playlist