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Singapore International Film Festival 2018

Border

Opening Date
30 Nov 2018
Rating
To Be Advised
Runtime
108 mins
Language
Swedish - subtitles to be advised
Genre
Fantasy, Romance, Thriller
Director
Ali Abbasi
Cast
Eva Melander, Eero Milonoff, Jörgen Thorsson
Synopsis
Swedish customs officer Tina has a talent for sniffing out contraband—quite literally. She is able to smell guilt, fear and other emotions on the travellers who pass through her checkpoint. Her preternatural abilities make her the perfect border guard, until she encounters a mysterious man who reeks but otherwise appears clean. She soon discovers they share more in common than meets the nose.

Like the misfits at its heart, Border defies easy categorisation. Adapted from John Ajvide Lindqvist’s (Let the Right One In) eponymous novella, it manoeuvres through multiple genres, from Nordic noir to coming-of-age romance to supernatural horror. An immigrant himself, Ali Abbasi confidently draws on his outsider experience while invoking Nordic mythology to tell a story at once timely and timeless.

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