You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Ali Abbasi’s Un Certain Regard Title ‘Border’ Wins Over Cannes Buyers (EXCLUSIVE)

Ali Abbasi’s Swedish troll love story “Border,” a highlight of this year’s Un Certain Regard at Cannes, has been sold in all major territories by Films Boutique.

“Border” follows a border guard (Eva Melander) who has the ability to smell human emotions and catch smugglers. When she comes across a mysterious man with a smell that confounds her detection, she is forced to confront disturbing insights about herself and humankind. The movie was penned by Abassi, Isabella Eklöf, John Ajvide Lindqvist, a Swedish novelist who is best known for his book “Let the Right One In” which was adapted into a hit movie.

“Border” was acquired by solid distributors across the world, including in France/Switzerland (Metropolitan), Scandinavia (Triart), Japan (Kino Films), China (Lemontree), Russia (CIS Volga), Taiwan (Filmware), Benelux (Filmfreak), Latam (Impacto Cine), Germany/Austria (Wild Bunch Germany), Spain (Karma) and Portgual (Alambique). All remaining territories are currently in negotiations.

Rolling off its Cannes premiere, the film received widespread critical acclaim and was acquired by Neon for distribution in the U.S. and Canada.

Variety’s Alissa Simon called the film “an exciting, intelligent mix of romance, Nordic noir, social realism and supernatural horror that defies and subverts genre conventions.”

Louis Balsan, head of sales at Films Boutique, said the movie received 15 offers right after its first screening at Cannes. “It’s a truly original story. It’s a genre film, as well as a romance drama and a well-executed thriller. So those three elements make the film stand out from other films,” said Balsan.

Balsan also pointed out that “Border” had attracted mainstream distributors who identified the film’s potential to reach well beyond niche audiences for pure genre movies.

“Border” marks the sophomore outing of Abbasi, following “Shelley” which world premiered at Berlin in the Panorama section.

“Border” was produced by Meta Film Stockholm, Spark Film & TV and Kärnfilm, in co-production with Meta Film Denmark, Film i Väst, SVT and Copenhagen Film Fund. “Border” was also backed by Swedish Film Institute, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Danish Film Institute, MEDIA and Eurimages.

Films Boutique has five other films playing at Cannes: Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego’s Directors Fortnight hit “Birds of Passage;” Julio Hernandez Cordon’s “Buy Me a Gun” also playing at Directors Fortnight; Antoine Desrosieres’s “Sextape” at Un Certain Regard; and Zsofia Szilagyi’s “One Day,” and Jean-Bernard Marlin’s “Sheherazade” playing at Critics’ Week.

More Film

  • Netflix Backing Guillermo del Toro Directed

    Guillermo del Toro Directing 'Pinocchio' for Netflix

    Ali Abbasi’s Swedish troll love story “Border,” a highlight of this year’s Un Certain Regard at Cannes, has been sold in all major territories by Films Boutique. “Border” follows a border guard (Eva Melander) who has the ability to smell human emotions and catch smugglers. When she comes across a mysterious man with a smell […]

  • Jamal Khashoggi

    Saudi Arabia Confirms Jamal Khashoggi's Death, Calling It 'Huge and Grave Mistake'

    Ali Abbasi’s Swedish troll love story “Border,” a highlight of this year’s Un Certain Regard at Cannes, has been sold in all major territories by Films Boutique. “Border” follows a border guard (Eva Melander) who has the ability to smell human emotions and catch smugglers. When she comes across a mysterious man with a smell […]

  • Fandango Latin America

    Fandango Becomes Largest Online Ticketer in Latin America (EXCLUSIVE)

    Ali Abbasi’s Swedish troll love story “Border,” a highlight of this year’s Un Certain Regard at Cannes, has been sold in all major territories by Films Boutique. “Border” follows a border guard (Eva Melander) who has the ability to smell human emotions and catch smugglers. When she comes across a mysterious man with a smell […]

  • Vue International Acquires German Multiplex Circuit

    Vue International Acquires German Multiplex Circuit CineStar

    Ali Abbasi’s Swedish troll love story “Border,” a highlight of this year’s Un Certain Regard at Cannes, has been sold in all major territories by Films Boutique. “Border” follows a border guard (Eva Melander) who has the ability to smell human emotions and catch smugglers. When she comes across a mysterious man with a smell […]

  • Rome MIA Market Wraps Positively With

    Rome MIA Market Wraps Positively With Bigger U.S. Presence, Strong Product

    Ali Abbasi’s Swedish troll love story “Border,” a highlight of this year’s Un Certain Regard at Cannes, has been sold in all major territories by Films Boutique. “Border” follows a border guard (Eva Melander) who has the ability to smell human emotions and catch smugglers. When she comes across a mysterious man with a smell […]

  • India’s Roy Kapur Films Launches Eclectic

    India’s Roy Kapur Films Reveals Eclectic Slate (EXCLUSIVE)

    Ali Abbasi’s Swedish troll love story “Border,” a highlight of this year’s Un Certain Regard at Cannes, has been sold in all major territories by Films Boutique. “Border” follows a border guard (Eva Melander) who has the ability to smell human emotions and catch smugglers. When she comes across a mysterious man with a smell […]

  • RYAN GOSLING as Neil Armstrong in

    Korea Box Office: ‘First Man’ Lands on Top at Weekend

    Ali Abbasi’s Swedish troll love story “Border,” a highlight of this year’s Un Certain Regard at Cannes, has been sold in all major territories by Films Boutique. “Border” follows a border guard (Eva Melander) who has the ability to smell human emotions and catch smugglers. When she comes across a mysterious man with a smell […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content