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2018 | 110 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery | Sweden | Director: Ali Abbasi | Cast: Eva Melander, Eero Milonoff | Language: Swedish with English subtitles

Based on a short story by Let the Right One In author John Ajvide Lindqvist, Border explores themes of identity, otherness and societal norms. It delves into the complex nature of human relationships and challenges the conventional notions of beauty and normalcy, by weaving together elements of fantasy, drama and mystery.
Tina (Eva Melander) works as a customs officer at a Swedish port. She possesses an unusual ability to smell emotions and intentions, which enables her to detect smugglers. However, due to her physical appearance she feels like an outcast and struggles to fit in with society.

Tina's life takes a turn when she encounters Vore (Eero Milonoff), a mysterious and enigmatic traveler passing through the customs checkpoint. Vore shares similar physical attributes with Tina, and she feels an instant connection. As they spend more time together, Tina starts to uncover shocking truths about her own identity and past.

Winning the Un Certain Regard award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Border offers a captivating, challenging and thought-provoking experience as it pushes the boundaries of traditional storytelling, exploring universal themes of identity and acceptance.

Border eases its way under your skin, into your mind and, ultimately, wins over your heart
Screen Anarchy
Un Certain Regard Award, Cannes Film Festival in 2018
Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Academy Awards 2019