The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T1, Theater 1
*Border*. 2018. Sweden/Denmark. Directed by Ali Abbasi. Courtesy Neon

Border. 2018. Sweden/Denmark . Directed by Ali Abbasi . 108 min.

A thoroughly modern scenario (the mundane yet fraught ritual of national-border crossing) is injected with fantastical whimsy and nightmarish peril in Ali Abbasi's Border. Tina (Eva Melander, in an astonishing cinematic transformation) is a customs officer with a unique talent for identifying contraband-smugglers. During one inspection she meets Vore (Eero Milonoff), with whom she seems to share a personal and physical connection previously unknown in her life. He opens worlds for her that force a confrontation with a metaphysical dilemma: “When I cross over to the other side, should I walk over the bridge or under it?” Courtesy of Neon

This film accompanies The Contenders 2018.