Sweden’s ‘Border’ sells around the world

The Swedish movie Border, which had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in the coveted Un Certain Regard section, has been sold in all major territories by Films Boutique.

Border is about a border guard 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.

Border has been sold to:

  • USA/Canada (Neon)
  • 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)
  • Portgual (Alambique). All remaining territories are currently in negotiations.

One of the films writers is John Ajvide Lindqvist, who is best known for his novel Let the Right One In, which was adapted into a hit movie.

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.


Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.