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The Charmer

Milad Alami
Denmark 2017 / 100’
The Broker The Pig

Esmail (Ardalan Esmaili) visits a chic Copenhagen bar, where he sips drinks and seduces patrons. This elegant man with Persian good looks and penetrating gaze can make Danish women with stable lives succumb to his "exotic" charms-at least for a moment. His goal, however, is not short-term pleasure: he is trying to get a woman to fall in love with him in the hope that one of them will marry him, because only a marriage will allow him to stay in Denmark legally and to move out of the squalid refugee center. His plan is complicated when he meets the charismatic Sara (Soho Rezanejad), an Iranian woman who can see right through him. The genuine feelings between them might turn everything upside down. Opening the New Directors section at the last festival in SanSebastián,The Charmer shows not only the class and racial divisions in Danish society, but also the price that is paid for breaking down barriers-and that can be very high indeed.

Adam Kruk


IFF San Sebastián 2017 - Fedeora Award; IFF Warsaw – Best Film; IFF Göteborg 2018 - Sven Nykvist Cinematography Award

Milad Alami

Milad Alami is a director and screenwriter who was born in Iran in 1982. He grew up in Sweden and currently lives and works in Denmark, where he graduated from the Den Danske Filmskole in 2011. His short films, including his graduation film Nothing Can Touch Me (2011) and Mommy (2015), which won a Danish Film Academy Award, were shown at over 40 international festivals. His full-length debut, The Charmer, won awards at the festivals in San Sebastián, Warsaw and Gothenburg.


2003 Häst utan tyglar (short)

2011 Intet kan røre mig / Nothing Can Touch Me (short)

2014 Nordic Factory (co-dir.)

2015 Mommy (short)

2017 Uwodziciel / Charmøren / The Charmer

Cast & Crew

director Milad Alami
screenplay Ingeborg Topsøe, Milad Alami
cinematography Sophia Olsson
editing Olivia Neergaard-Holm
music Martin Dirkov
cast Ardalan Esmaili, Soho Rezanejad, Susan Taslimi, Lars Brygmann
producer Stinna Lassen
production Good Company Films
language Danish, Persian
colouration colour