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Ali Abbasi
Sweden, Denmark 2018 / 101’

A long, long time ago, a very, very ugly customs officer worked at a ferry terminal. In her spare time, Tina (Eva Melander) would walk barefoot in the woods and read the crime novels by Lisa Marklund until she fell asleep. She was unlucky in love, and her father suffered from amnesia, which was widespread in certain generations. But she was very much appreciated at work since she could detect alcohol (giving the exact number of bottles before the smuggler's bag was opened) and even evil intentions being smuggled into the country. One day, however, a mysterious man (Eero Milonoff) appeared before her whose intentions she couldn't detect. It was, however, undoubtedly a guy with a propensity for trolling. The winner of the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes is based on a book by John Ajvide Lindqvist. One of the screenwriters is Isabella Eklöf, whose directorial debut, Holiday, took part in the competition at New Horizons. Border is a film that successfully draws on various genres, unexpectedly seasoning realistic scenes with magic brutality with black humor. Abbasi's tale combines the best traditions of a sensitive, socially engaged Scandinavian crime story with the dark beauty of Nordic fairy tales and the boldness of an erotic thriller, all to build a complex picture of the modern world, with its obsession for impervious borders.

Małgorzata Sadowska


Cannes IFF 2018 – Un Certain Regard Award

Ali Abbasi

Borh in Tehran in 1981, Ali Abassi is a director and screenwriter of Iranian descent currently residing in Sweden. He studied at Tehran Polytechnic University and the National Film School of Denmark. His 2016 horror Shelley was his first full-length film. It was screened in the Panorama section at the Berlin Festival and won a Robert award for best song. The premiere of his second film, Border, took place at the Cannes Festival, where he won the Un Certain Regard award.


2008 Officer Relaxing After Duty (short)

2010 In Darkness There Is Light (short)

2011 M For Markus (short)

2016 Shelley

2018 Granica / Border

Cast & Crew

director Ali Abbasi
screenplay Ali Abbasi, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Isabella Eklöf
cinematography Nadim Carlsen
editing Olivia Neergaard-Holm, Anders Skov
music Christoffer Berg, Martin Dirkov
cast Eva Melander, Eero Milonoff, Jörgen Thorsson, Viktor Åkerblom
producer Nina Bisgaard, Peter Gustafsson, Petra Jönsson
production META Film, Black Spark Film & TV, Karnfilm
Polish distributor Aurora Films
language Swedish
colouration colour