Part of the short story collection Let the Old Dreams Die

Original title: Gräns
Original publication: Ordfront, 79 pages
Genre: Fiction

Tina who works at the customs department is tremen- dously skilful at catching smugglers. She has never yet been wrong, until this particular day. When Vore steps off the ferry she hesitates for the first time. Tina sus- pects that he is hiding something, but she doesn’t know what. They are attracted to one another and as she gets to know him she realises that her whole life has been based upon a lie.

Border was previously published in the book of short stories Paper Walls and has now become a full-length movie, directed by Ali Abbasi, with premiere in 2018. The movie has been chosen as Sweden’s entry for best foreign language film at this year’s Academy Awards. It also received the prestigious award Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival.

In connection with this, Border is now being pub- lished for the first time by it self, with a newly written introduction by the author.


Japanese rights sold to Hakanawa


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Multiple awards for Border!

30 January 2019

The movie Border, based on the short story by John Ajvide Lindqvist, received multiple prizes at the Swedish Guldbagge Awards. Six in total, including Best Picture, Best actress in a leading role and Best actor in a supporting role to name a few. Huge congratulations to John and the whole team behind the movie.


Border for the Academy Awards

30 August 2018

Sweden has selected Ali Abbasi’s Cannes winner “Border”, based on a John Ajvide Lindqvist’s as its entry for best foreign-language film at this year’s 91st Academy Awards. The Swedish Film Institute announced the choice Tuesday. The film was chosen by the seven members of the Swedish Oscar Committee, which was presided over by Anna Serner, CEO of the Swedish Film Institute. “Border” saw its world premiere in the Un Certain Regard...


Cannes award for Border!

22 May 2018

The movie "Border", based on John Ajvide Lindqvist's short story Gräns and directed by film maker Ali Abbasi, has won the Cannes film festival prize Un Certain Regard. It is a genre-bending Nordic puzzler and it emerged victorious in a varied international field of 18 titles from newcomers and established festival favorites alike, with Sergei Loznitsa’s “Donbass,” Meryem Benm’Barek’s “Sofia,” João Salaviza and Renée Nader Messora’s “The Dead and the Others” and...