Ali Abbasi’s film Border was awarded with the top prize Prix Un Certain Regard at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Ali Abbasi's first Swedish feature film Border had its world premiere in the Un Certain Regard section in Cannes. The film is based on a short story by John Ajvide Lindqvist, author of the acclaimed novel and later film Let the Right One In. Border is about customs officer Tina (played by Eva Melander) who is known for her extraordinary sense of smell. But when the suspicious-looking Vore (Eero Milonoff) walks past her, her abilities are challenged for the first time ever.Tina is strangely attracted to Vore and soon she realizes the truth about herself - Tina, like Vore, does not belong to this world.
At a ceremony on May 18th, Border was awarded the Prix Un Certain Regard. Actress Eva Melander received the prize from Benicio Del Toro, who presided over this year’s Un Certain Regard jury.
- Amazing. Big congratulations to Ali and all who worked on this unique and original film. It all started with John’s beautiful story that grew into an astonishing film. We are so proud and happy! says Nina Bisgaard, Piodor Gustafsson and Petra Jönsson, the producing team behind Border.
Earlier that day, Border was also awarded the Best Sound Creation Prize, awarded by The Week of Sound in collaboration with the Cannes Film Festival. The prize rewards a director for the excellence of the sound in their film, and was presented by the head of jury, French director, screenwriter and composer Régis Wargnier.
Director Ali Abbasi was born in Teheran and educated at the National Film School of Denmark. His first feature, Danish horror film Shelley (2018), was screened at the Berlin Film Festival. The screenplay for Border was written by Abbasi together with Lindqvist and Isabella Eklöf. Christian Holm was the supervising sound editor. The film was produced by Meta Film Stockholm, Spark & Kärnfilm AB in co-production with Meta Film Denmark together with Film i Väst, SVT and Copenhagen Filmfund with financial support from Nordisk Film & TV Fond and the Swedish Film Institute, film commissioner Yaba Holst.
Border is distributed by TriArt Film and is expected to have its Swedish premiere in the fall of 2018. International sales are handled by Films Boutique.
Border is the ninth Swedish feature in Un Certain Regard since its creation in 1978 by Gilles Jacob. Previous Swedish films in the category are Christopher's House by Lennart Forsberg (1980), The Serpent's Way (1987) by Bo Widerberg, The Ox by Sven Nykvist (1990), Private Confessions by Liv Ullman (1997), In The Presence of a Clown by Ingmar Bergman (1998), You, the Living by Roy Andersson (2007) as well as Involuntary (2008) and Force Majeure (2014) both by Ruben Östlund, the latter of which won the Jury Prize.
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