BORDER (Gräns)

Directed by Ali Abbasi
Sweden/Denmark | 2018 | 110 min


Content Warning: This film contains sexual content, graphic nudity, a bloody violent image, and language

Thursday, March 21, 2019
 @ McConomy Auditorium, CMU

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  • Discussion moderated by Pitt Professors Dana Och and Jeff Aziz
  • Opening Night Reception catered by IKEA

CO-PRESENTED WITH: Pitt's Department of English & CMU's Department of English

CO-SPONSORED BY: Pitt's Film and Media Studies & CMU'S College of Engineering


“Unique, unforgettable and cathartic, Border is an oddball, but poignant cult classic in the making. “
– Jordan Ruimy, The Playlist

Tina is not an ordinary woman--both inside and out. With a bestial-looking face that provokes judgement from those around her and a mysterious scar on her tailbone, Tina has the ability to sense or smell how people feel. She is especially adept at detecting fear or unease, skills that make her an invaluable customs officer. When she catches a twitchy businessman carrying child pornography, law enforcement loops Tina and her unusual abilities into the investigation. On the job, she meets Vore, who shares her unusual physical traits and holds information that could alter Tina’s entire existence. Based on a short story by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist (LET THE RIGHT ONE IN), the Academy Award nominated BORDER is an exciting, intelligent mix of romance, fantasy, Nordic noir, social realism, folk tales, and supernatural horror that defies and subverts gender and genre conventions.

Watch the trailer here.


  • Cannes Film Festival, 2018, Un Certain Regard Award
  • Nominee, Academy Awards, USA ,2019, Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling
  • Cork International Film Festival, 2018, Spirit of the Festival Award
  • European Film Awards, 2018, European Visual Effects Supervisor
  • Hamptons International Film Festival, 2018, Special Jury Prize for Acting
  • Los Angeles Film Festival, 2018, Best Film
  • Jerusalem Film Festival, 2018, Best International Film - Honorable Mention
  • Munich Film Festival, 2018, Best Film By An Emerging Director
  • Norwegian International Film Festival, 2018, Norwegian Film Critics Award
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival, 2019, Directors to Watch
  • Guldbagge Awards, 2019, Best Sound, Best Film, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Makeup, Best Visual Effects
  • Robert Festival, 2019, Best Non-English Language Film


Born in 1981 in Iran, Ali Abbasi also has a background in literature, with several credited short stories published in Persian. In 2002 he gave up his studies at Tehran Polytechnic University and travelled to Europe, where he finally settled in Stockholm, Sweden to study architecture. In 2007, Ali graduated with a BA in architecture and subsequently enrolled at the National Film School of Denmark, where he studied directing. Ali’s first feature, SHELLEY, premiered in the Panorama section of the 2016 Berlinale.