21st Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 18-28, 2024 Globe Cinema

12th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 20-24, 2024 Globe Cinema


The Calgary Underground Film Festival presents an Off the CUFF screening of BORDER, based on the short story by John Lindqvist, author of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN.

When: Tuesday, February 5 @ 7:00 pm
Where: Globe Cinema, Upstairs (617 8 Ave SW)
Tickets: $10 ($8 members / students / seniors) 

Tina (Eva Melander) is a border guard who has the ability to smell human emotions and catch smugglers. During the day, she keeps a close eye on travellers; off the job, she has a small place surrounded by primal forest and a normal life of family, friends and work right down to her ailing dad and her indifferent dog-trainer live-in boyfriend. 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 humankind.

Director: Ali Abbasi
Cast: Eva Melander, Eero Milonoff, Jörgen Thorsson
Country: Sweden 
Swedish with English Subtitles 
Genre: Thriller, Fantasy, Romance 
Running Time: 110 min

Cannes Film Festival 2018
Telluride Film Festival 2018
Toronto International Film Festival 2018
Fantastic Fest 2018

Winner, Un Certain Regard Award, Cannes Film Festival 2018

"Darkly funny and profoundly odd, BORDER challenges and subverts expectations at every turn, and its wonders are best experienced going in completely blind." – Birth.Movies.Death

"An exciting, intelligent mix of romance, Nordic noir, social realism, and supernatural horror that defies and subverts genre conventions." – Variety

"A genre twist to a classic tale." – Rue Morgue

OFF THE CUFF is a year-round series presented by the Calgary Underground Film Festival. For those films we just couldn't make work with our festival dates, we go off the CUFF.