Modern Films and MUBI are bringing to UK and Irish cinemas the winner of Un Certain Regard at Cannes Film Festival 2018 – Border. This “instant cult classic”, as called by First Showing, will be released on March 8 2019, with a special screening on Valentine’s Day across the country.
The Swedish fantasy film tells the story of Tina (Eva Melander), a border agency worker with an unusual sense of smell that can detect contraband at the customs. One day, Vore (Eero Milonoff), a suspicious-looking man, is searched at customs and Tina becomes intrigued by his identity. When she slowly starts to find out more about him, they develop a special bond that leads to Tina learning the truth about herself – she doesn’t belong to this world.
Both actors underwent incredible physical transformations for the roles, including having to gain a considerable amount of weight and wear prosthetics that took four hours each day to apply. Directed by Iranian-Danish filmmakers Ali Abbasi and co-written by Isabella Eklöf, who directed Holiday, and John Ajvide Lindqvist, the author of Let the Right One In, Border is a mix of romance, noir, fantasy and social realism.
Border has been nominated for nine 2019 Swedish Academy Awards and four 2018 European Film Awards (in which it won Best VFX), as well as being the official Swedish entry for the Oscars 2019 for Best Foreign Language Film. In North America it has been distributed through Neon in partnership with MoviePass, grossing over $1 million.
With a story that explores the human condition and what it means to be an outsider, Border is the perfect film for cinema lovers. Available in the UK on March 8, Border is “unlike anything you’ve seen before” (Screen Anarchy)!
Border will be in UK cinemas from March 8.