The Charmer

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    The Charmer

    Charmøren

    Directed by

    Denmark, Sweden, France

    2017

    100 min

    • Danish
    • Farsi

    Drama

    THE CHARMER is an intense psychological drama about Esmail, a young Iranian man who is desperately trying to meet women who can secure his stay in Denmark. As time runs out, he falls in love and his past catches up with him. The film deals with themes of race, class, and the struggle for a better life.

    Awards

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    • Fedeora Award - San Sebastián IFF
    • Sven Nykvist Cinematography Award - IFF Rotterdam
    • Competition 1-2 Award - Warsaw IFF
    • New Voices New Visions Award - Palm Springs IFF
    • NDR Film Prize - Nordic Film Days Lübeck

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Ardalan Esmaili
    Soho Rezanejad
    Susan Taslimi
    Lars Brygmann
    Stine Fischer Christensen
    Amalie Lindegård
    Dan Boie Kratfeldt
    Jesper Lohmann
    Nastja Arcel
    Screenplay
    Milad Alami
    Ingeborg Topsøe
    Cinematography
    Sophia Olsson
    Editing
    Olivia Neergaard-Holm
    Music
    Martin Dirkov
    Production
    GOOD COMPANY FILMS
    Production
    GARAGEFILM INTERNATIONAL AB
    Production
    VIXENS
    Festival Bookings
    DANISH FILM INSTITUTE

    Press

    A subtle, chilling drama.

    Vassilis Economou, Cineuropa

    Alami’s keen-eyed...gives “The Charmer” resonance beyond its more intimate effectiveness as a character thriller.

    Guy Lodge, Variety

    Milad Alami

    Milad Alami

    Denmark

    Sometimes the things you don’t say or see are more effective and interesting than what's right in front of you.

    Milad Alami was born in Iran, raised in Sweden and now lives in Denmark. He graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 2011. His shorts have been selected for numerous festivals, including Cannes (Directors’ Fortnight), New York, Clermont Ferrand and Karlovy Vary. The last of them, Mommy (2015), won the Danish Academy Award for Best Short Film. THE CHARMER, his first feature, opened the New Directors section in San Sebastian International Film Festival 2017 and was praised in Variety as "an accomplished, deceptively titled debut feature”.

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