The Charmer

From his perch at an upscale Copenhagen wine bar, the impeccably dressed Iran-born Esmail scours the room, looking for a vulnerable Danish female to ply with his charms – he desperately needs a live-in relationship to enhance his otherwise weak immigration application. This intense psychological drama explores what prompts someone to leave their home to start a new life at the other end of the world. (Chicago Film Festival)

Director's Biography
Milad Alami
Born in Iran, raised in Sweden and now living 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 latest one, “Mommy” (2015), won the Danish Academy Award for Best Short Film. “The Charmer” is his feature film debut.

Film Selection: Charmøren (The Charmer, 2017) — Mommy (2015, short) — Nordic Factory (2015, mid-length) — Void (2014, short)
Competition Fiction 2018
Milad Alami
Denmark / Sweden 2017
100 minutes
Danish / English / Farsi
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Ingeborg Topsøe, Milad Alami
Cinematography Sophia Olsson
Editing Olivia Neergaard-Holm
Sound/Sounddesign Bo Asdal Andersen
Music Martin Dirkov
With Ardalan Esmaili, Soho Rezanejad, Susan Taslimi, Lars Brygmann
Producer(s) Stinna Lassen
Good Company Films, Garagefilm
Austrian Premiere
Weltpremiere / World Premiere
International Film Festival San Sebastián 2017

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere