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Charmøren (The Charmer)
Esmail (Ardalan Esmaili), is a young, handsome Iranian expat living in Copenhagen. Suave, debonair and a something of a ladies man. Or at least, that’s how he would like to appear, as he trawls the bars and clubs of the Danish capital in search of women. But the truth is bleak – Esmail is an Iranian refugee, living in a shelter and desperately seeking a Danish passport. But this is no ‘Green Card’. Rather, this tightly-wound, slow-burning psychological thriller, the feature debut by Danish-based Iranian filmmaker Milas Alami, uses Esmail’s plight as a timely and bleak commentary on the social and cultural challenges facing immigrants – and their hosts – in present-day Scandinavia.
2017 / English, Danish and Farsi dialogue with English subtitles / Colour / 103 mins
Genre: Drama
Programme: Cinema of the World
Premiere: MENA Premiere
Rating: 18+
Contains: Nudity, Sex, Violence, Coarse Language and Drugs
Director: Milad Alami
Producer: Stinna Lassen
Scriptwriter: Anna Ingeborg Topsøe
DOP: Sophia Olsson
Editor: Olivia Neergaard-Holm
Composer: Martin Juel Dirkov
Cast: Ardalan Esmaili, Stine Fischer Christensen, Morten Hee Andersen, Lars Brygmann
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