Esmail, a handsome and charming Iranian migrant, desperately cruises the nightclubs of Copenhagen, seducing a series of Danish women in an effort to secure his citizenship in this tightly wound psychological thriller that also demonstrates the workings of an unjust immigration system.
"Alami delivers a brave, solid and chilling emotional drama that offers a different, unseen point of view on the battle against marginalisation that immigrants must face in Western society today." Vassilis Economou - Cineuropa
Handsome Iranian migrant Esmail is a man on a mission. He spends every night at the same upscale Copenhagen wine bar in pursuit of a woman who will provide him the means to stay in Denmark once his visa expires. With his one nice suit and his faulty Danish, he embarks on relationship after relationship, always aware that time is running out. But his mission becomes even more complicated the night he approaches a young blonde, only to be told off by Sara, her Iranian Danish friend who sees exactly what Esmail is up to. Perhaps surprisingly, this honesty forms the basis for a relationship of their own, one that only grows as Sara's mother welcomes Esmail into their small family. Despite the pressure of navigating the social intricacies of Denmark's Iranian community while trying to maintain the connection, via truncated Skype sessions, with his family back home, it seems like Esmail's goal may at last be within reach. What he hasn't take into account, however, are the vagaries of the human heart, neither those of the women he pursues, nor his own.
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 film "Mommy" premiered in competition at Gothenborg International Film Festival in January 2015 and won the Danish Academy Award for Best Short Film 2016. "The Charmer" marks the feature film debut of Milad Alami.
Sponsored by Anonymous, Sinikka and Babak Parviz, Baabak Nassirian at FYF Productions, American Iranian Business Council, Nima Foroutan DDS, Shadi Araghi/ Highlands Kids Dentistry, Mike Moghaddas with Avenue Properties, Naini Family Foundation, Radio Iranshahr, Professional Copy 'n' Print, Sanaz Namdar, Ali Ahmadi, Orchideh Raisdanai, Persian & Iranian Studies at UW Near Eastern Languages & Civilization Department, and UW Iranian-American Faculty
- Original Language Title: CHARMØREN
- Director: Milad Alami
- Principal Cast: Ardalan Esmaili, Lars Brygmann, Morten Hee Andersen, Stine Fischer Christensen, Boie Kratfeldt
- Premiere Status: Seattle
- Country: Denmark, Sweden
- Year: 2017
- Running Time: 100 minutes
- Producer: Stinna Lessen
- Screenplay: Ingeborg Topsoe, Milad Alami
- Cinematographers: Sophia Olsson
- Editors: Olivia Neergaard-Holm
- Music: Martin Dirkov
- Website: Official Film Website
- Awards: San Sebastian Film Festival 2017 (Fedeora Award) Göteborg International Film Festival 2018 (Sven Nykvist Cinematography Award)
- Filmography: Nordic Factory (2014)
- Language: Danish, Farsi
- Has Subtitles: Yes
- Format: DCP
- International Sales: ALMA Cinema