Milad Alami’s debut feature mixes psychological thriller and erotic drama in a complex tale of isolation, identity, and the desperate search for one’s place in the world. Esmail, a young Iranian refugee living in a shelter in Copenhagen, cruises the city in search of a woman. Underneath his suave façade breathes intense pressure: if he doesn’t find a Danish live-in partner and secure immigration status he’ll soon be facing deportation. The Charmer offers a timely and intense probe into the social, cultural, and legal challenges facing European immigrants and the desperate struggle to find a better life. Critics Prize, San Sebastian Film Festival. Adult. In English, Danish, and Farsi with English subtitles.
Filmography: Nordic Factory (2014)