Eva Melander, Eero Milonoff, Viktor Åkerblom
Prepare for a love story like no other in this audacious Scandinavian fantasy that won the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes 2018. Based on a novel by the writer of Let the Right One In, Border is a unique and memorable tale of morality and identification that provokes its viewers with the push-pull of desire and disgust – while gluing your eyes to the big screen.
Tina (played by a prosthetics-adorned Eva Melander) is a Swedish customs officer with a nose for trouble – quite literally, as her heightened sense of smell is able to sniff out the guilt on anyone who brings through contraband. This is until the equally striking-looking Vore (Eero Milonoff of The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki) comes through, hiding something she’s unable to identify. Clearly attracted to him, the two embark on a romantic relationship. As she discovers more about who she really is, she has to choose between the life she’s always known and Vore’s terrifying alternative offering.
In Border, Iranian-Swedish director Ali Abbasi has crafted a daring contemporary folktale that’snot to be sniffed at. The less you know going in the better, but expect big laughs, thrills and a highly accomplished treatment of gender ‘borders’, beauty and sexuality.