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Source: Meta Spark&Kärnfilm AB 2018


Films Boutique has sealed an eye-catching sale on its new title Border to powerhouse French distributor Metropolitan Filmexport. Ali Abbasi’s Sweden-Denmark co-production will premiere on Thursday (May 10) in Un Certain Regard.

It is the second feature from Iranian-born Danish director Abbasi. He co-scripted the film with Isabella Eklöf, in collaboration with novelist John Ajvide Lindqvist (Let The Right One In). The film is based on a story by Lindqvist.

It tells of a border guard (Eva Melander) with an uncanny instinct for spotting smugglers. When she comes across the first person she can’t prove is guilty, she is forced to confront hugely disturbing insights about herself and humankind.

Border is produced by Nina Bisgaard, Piodor Gustafsson and Petra Jönsson for Meta Film Stockholm, Spark Film & TV and Kärnfilm, in co-production with Meta Film Denmark, together with Film i Väst, SVT and Copenhagen Film Fund. The Swedish Film Institute and Nordisk Film & TV Fond provided production support. The film was also supported by the Danish Film Institute, MEDIA and Eurimages. Tri Art is releasing in Sweden in the autumn. 

Border is one of the key titles on Berlin-based Films Boutique’s Cannes slate. Other titles new to the market include Sextape by Antoine Desrosieres, also in Un Certain Regard, and a brace of Directors’ Fortnight titles, Birds Of Passage from Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra and Buy Me A Gun from Julio Hernandez Cordon.

The company also has two films in Critics’ Week: Zsofia Szilagyi’s One Day and Jean-Bernard Marlin’s Shéhérazade.

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