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‘Border’ Is A Compassionate, Empathetic Monsters Ball [NYFF]

Tina’s upper lip quivers as she sniffs the air. She’s in uniform, watching as passengers stroll through an airport terminal corridor. She’ll pull one off to the side and find hidden booze, drugs, even secrets. Tina has a talent; she can smell emotions like guilt and fear and shame. As border security guards go, she’s […]

87 Countries Officially Vying For Foreign Language Film Oscar

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) announced the nations who have submitted entries for the Foreign Language Film Oscar this morning. This year there are 87 entrants for 2018 which is down from last year’s record 92, but still higher than the 85 contenders in 2016. African nations Malawi and Niger are […]

‘Border’ Trailer: Cannes Un Certain Regard Winner Is Far From Your...

One of the biggest surprises coming out of this year’s Cannes Film Festival was “Border.” The Swedish film has some great talent behind it, with the author behind “Let The Right One In,” John Ajvide Lindqvist, writing the script and filmmaker Ali Abbasi directing. But even still, there was so much mystery surrounding the film, […]

‘Border’: Trolls Get Their Due In Strange, But Touching Danish Drama...

Bashing skulls, killing hobbits or living under bridges, trolls aren’t generally afforded much empathy in cinema let along an form of storytelling, but these mythical, cave-dwelling creatures receive a profoundly humane touch in the eccentric, oddly-touching and genre-bending fairytale “Border” (“Gräns”) from Iranian-born, Danish-based filmmaker Ali Abbasi. Co-written by John Ajvide Lindqvist, the author of […]

Facts Are Facts: Simply The Gayest Cannes Ever

CANNES – At the end of a relatively quiet Cannes Film Festival, competition jury president Cate Blanchett admitted her disappointment with the lack of female-driven narratives. But that shouldn’t take away from the fact diverse voices took much of the spotlight this year. The festival had more Asian films in competition than in many years, […]

Ali Abbasi’s ‘Border’ Wins Top Prize At The Un Certain Regard...

Coming into this year’s Cannes Film Festival, we were excited to see Ali Abbasi’s latest film, “Border.” Described simply as a modern take on Nordic folklore, as told through the lens of border security, the film follows a border agent with an uncanny sense of smell, who meets a mysterious stranger at her job. Well, […]

A Customs Officer Can Sniff Out Anything In First Clip From...

We’ve been fans of filmmaker Ali Abbasi for years now. His last film, “Shelley,” was one of our favorite horror films of 2016, back when we reviewed it at the Berlin International Film Festival over two years ago. Without relying on cheap jump scares, Abbasi fell back on building an atmosphere of dread that made […]

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