The Charmer

2017       Denmark, Sweden      100 minutes       18+

Esmail is a dapper Iranian refugee in Denmark who, clad in a stylish suit, trawls singles bars for women. He appears to be a catch, but Esmail is not the successful professional he comes across as. A refugee whose residence permit has been denied, Esmail is searching for a lot more than a night of fun. When he meets Sara, a young Danish-Iranian woman, it appears that Esmail’s problems are solved, but at the same time a mysterious man is pursuing him.


  • Chicago International Film Festival 2017 – Winner Silver Hugo New Directors Competition
  • FEST International Film Festival 2018 – Winner Belgrade Victor Best Film
  • Lübeck Nordic Film Days 2017 – Winner NDR Film Prize Best Feature Film
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival 2018 – Winner New Voices/New Visions Grand Jury Prize –
  • San Sebastián International Film Festival 2017 – Winner Kutxa Award Fedeora Award
  • Seattle International Film Festival 2018
  • São Paulo International Film Festival 2017
  • Taipei Film Festival 2018 – Winner International New Talent Competition – Special Jury Prize Milad Alami
  • Tbilisi International Film Festival 2017 – Winner Human Rights Award Best Film
  • Warsaw International Film Festival 2017 – Winner Competition 1-2 Award Best Film
  • Zagreb Film Festival 2017

Milad Alami

Milad Alami was born in Iran 1982, grew up in Sweden and now lives in Denmark. He graduated from The National Film School of Denmark in 2011. His films have been selected for numerous film festivals, amongst other Director’s Fortnight in Cannes, New York Film Festival, Clermont Ferrand and Karlovy Vary. His latest short

Milad Alami
Danish and Farsi with English subtitles
Milad Alami, Ingeborg Topsøe
Stinna Lassen
Sophia Olsson
Olivia Neergaard-Holm
Ardalan Esmaili, Soho Rezanejad, Lars Brygmann

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