Trailer: MUBI releases Border for Valentine’s Day
James R | On 12, Feb 2019
MUBI is releasing the Cannes prize winner Border this Valentine’s Day for a special preview.
Directed by Iranian-Danish filmmaker Ali Abbasi, co-written by Isabella Eklöf (dir. Holiday) and Let the Right One In author John Ajvide Lindqvist, Border blends romance, noir, social realism and supernatural horror to a bold and surprising effect.
It follows customs officer Tina, who is known for her extraordinary sense of smell. It’s almost as if she can sniff out the guilt on anyone hiding something. But when Vore, a suspicious-looking man, walks past her, her abilities are challenged for the first time ever. Tina can sense Vore is hiding something she can’t identify. Even worse, she feels a strange attraction to him.
As Tina develops a special bond with Vore and discovers his true identity, she also realizes the truth about herself. Tina, like Vore, does not belong to this world. Her entire existence has been a lie and now she has to choose: keep living the lie or embrace Vore’s terrifying revelations.
Winner of the Un Certain Regard Award at Cannes, Border has been nominated for nine Swedish Academy Awards and is the official Swedish entry for the Oscars 2019.
It will be released in UK cinemas by MUBI and Modern Films on Friday 8th March, but before then, the streaming service is holding a string of previews across the country on Thursday 14th February. Here’s the trailer – or read on below for the list of cineams showing the preview:
Border screens at the following cinemas on 14th February:
BFI Southbank London
Rio Cinema London
Kiln Theatre London
Curzon Soho London
Curzon Bloomsbury London
Curzon Aldgate London
HMV Curzon Wimbledon
Hebden Bridge Picture House
Broadway Cinema Nottingham
Dartington Arts Centre
Light House Dublin
MUBI and Modern Films team up to release Cannes winner Border
24th June 2018
MUBI and Modern Films are teaming up to release one of this year’s Cannes winners, Border.
Taken from a short story by Let the Right One In author John Ajvide Lindqvist, Ali Abbasi’s film brilliantly mixes romance, noir, social realism and supernatural horror. Impossible to categorise, the film gives an accurate depiction of what it means to be an outsider in your own world and to fall in love no matter who you are.
The movie took home the Un Certain Regard top prize for the Iranian-Danish director at the prestigious French festival. Now, a few months later, the curated subscription streaming service MUBI has partnered with the London-based production and distribution outfit to acquire the movie’s UK and Irish rights.
Described by both parties as “destined to become a cult classic”, the deal was struck by Modern Films’ Managing Director Eve Gabereau, MUBI’s SVP Content Bobby Allen and sales agent Films Boutique CEO Jean-Christophe Simon.
Gabereau says: “We are thrilled to be part of this grown-up fairytale that touches on so many issues at the heart of the human condition and the travails of contemporary living. Teaming up with a distributor and film service as innovative as MUBI gives the film access to new audiences on a range of different platforms and gives us the chance to work together on building an impactful and fun campaign that conveys how surprising, refreshing and deeply emotional the film is.”
Allen adds: “We are very excited about the film and its potential to crossover to a more mainstream audience. For us, curating is integral to what we do and being able to treat viewers to something so unexpectedly wonderful as Border shows us how far we can push our vision in the next few years.”
For Films Boutique, Simon comments: “What a powerhouse we have created in terms of market knowledge, taste, curation, vision and access for this film. The awards and recognition that it has garnered already is overwhelming and we know that the Modern/MUBI combination, alongside its strong reputation around the world. will bring in audiences far and wide.”
The plan is to release it around Valentine’s Day 2019, as an alternative date movie and through Event Cinema-led previews. Access Cinema, run by Maeve Cooke, has been brought on board to handle the release in Ireland.