The Swedish drama Border has picked up the top award at the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund.
Directed by Ali Abbasi, the film is a unique take on the Nordic fairytale tradition that follows border guard Tina, who catches more smugglers than her colleagues due to her supernatural ability to smell human emotions. When she comes across a mysterious man with a smell that confounds her detection, she is forced to confront hugely disturbing insights about herself and mankind. The script is by John Ajvide Lindqvist (who wrote Let the Right One In), Abbasi and Isabella Eklöf (director of 2018’s Holiday). Border won the Un Certain Regard at Cannes earlier this year.
Meanwhile, the Finnish black comedy Euthanizer won the FIPRESCI Award.
The Norwegian International Film Festival takes place in August every year, and is also home to a major Nordic film market.