A sensational, unconventional, and wholly unforgettable film from Sweden that defies characterization into a single genre – or even two or three for that matter… – director Ali Abbasi’s extraordinary Border (Gräns) comes to The Frida January 25th – 31st.
Actress Eva Melander is a revelation as customs officer Tina, a reserved woman who uses her extraordinary sense of smell to detect illegal activity at an entry point. Effortlessly sensing everything from drugs to even the nervousness of a guilty passenger, she is thrown for a loop when she encounters a suspicious-looking man named Vore who not only shares her unusual facial features, but also doesn’t seem to give off a scent at all. Fascinated by both his elusiveness and her own growing attraction to him, Tina begins to develop a special bond with Vore, leading to personal revelations that shatter her reality – and the audience’s expectations as well.
Are we being vague? You’ll find no spoilers here – as Berry Hertz of Globe and Mail wrote, “Don’t read another word about it — just go.”
Already the winner of 9 international film awards, including the Un Certain Regard award from the Cannes Film Festival and a Best Foreign Film win from the Los Angeles Film Festival, Border is based on a short story by Let the Right One In author Ajvide Lindqvist, and is at once a wholly original character study, tender romantic fable, and unnerving dark fantasy, highlighted by sensational performances by Melander and actor Eero Milonoff as Vore.
Directed by Ali Abbasi | 110 minutes | Rated R | Sweden/Denmark | Presented in Swedish, with English subtitles
Friday, January 25 – 2:30pm, 6pm, 8:30pm
Saturday, January 26 – 5pm, 7:30pm, 9:50pm
Sunday, January 27 – 5pm, 7:30pm, 9:50pm
Monday, January 28 – 5:30pm, 8pm
Tuesday, January 29 – 2:30pm, 5:30pm
Wednesday, January 30 – 2:30pm, 5pm, 7:30pm, 9:50pm
Thursday, January 31 – 2:30pm, 5pm, 7:30pm, 9:50pm
“An exciting, intelligent mix of romance, Nordic noir, social realism, and supernatural horror that defies and subverts genre conventions.” – Alissa Simon, Variety
“It’s creepy and disturbing and freaky, with enough room to find whatever subtext you’re looking for.” – Steve Pond, TheWrap
“Just when you think you’ve seen it all, along comes Border.” – Katie Rife, AV Club