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The Charmer

Milad Alami, Denmark, 2018

102 min.DramaDK/Feature

Nearly every night, handsome Esmail dons the same suit and heads to the same upscale wine bar, looking to meet and hook up with random women. But Esmail isn’t your typical pickup artist. An Iranian immigrant living in Denmark, he needs to find a Danish partner soon or face deportation. As the clock winds down and pressure mounts, a captivating young woman enters Esmail’s life, threatening to upend his carefully calibrated existence.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Danish title Charmøren
Other titles The Charmer
Director Milad Alami
Screenplay Milad Alami, Ingeborg Topsøe
Producer Stinna Lassen
Director of Photography Sophia Olsson
Production designer Sabine Hviid
Casting Gro Metha Therp
Appearances Ardalan Esmaili, Soho Rezanejad, Susan Taslimi, Lars Brygmann
Production country Denmark,Sweden
Production companies Good Company Films
Domestic distribution Scanbox Entertainment Danmark A/S, Scanbox Filmudlejning
Danish theatrical release 17.05.2018
Cinemas
Comment Feature debut by Milad Alami. The film premiered at San Sebastian Film Festival in September 2017 and has experienced a warm reception at a dozen of festivals, winning prizes at San Sebastian, Warsaw, Chicago and Lübeck.
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 11

Companies

Production companies Good Company Films
Co-producer Garagefilm International, Film i Väst, Act3, Red Rental, FilmGEAR ApS
With support from New Danish Screen, Svenska Filminstitutet
In colaboration with SVT
Domestic distribution Scanbox Entertainment Danmark A/S, Scanbox Filmudlejning

Direction

Direction Milad Alami
Casting Gro Metha Therp

Script

Screenplay Milad Alami
Screenplay Ingeborg Topsøe
Script development Christian Gamst Miller-Harris

Production

Producer Stinna Lassen
Co-producer Mimmi Spång
Co-producer Rebecka Lafrenz
Co-producer Tomas Eskilsson
Executive producer Anni Fernandez
Executive producer Vibeke Windeløv
Executive producer Ole Søndberg
Executive producer Olivier Muller
Executive producer Gary Farkas
Executive producer Clément Lepoutre

Cinematography

Cinematographer Sophia Olsson

Electrical dept.

Gaffer Claus Preis

Editing

Editor Olivia Neergaard-Holm

Music

Composer Martin Juel Dirkov

Production design

Production design Sabine Hviid

Wardrobe

Costume on set Camilla Nordbjerg

Makeup

Makeup artist Camilla Nordbjerg

Sound

Sound engineer: post-production Bo Asdal Andersen
Sound recordist Frank Mølgaard Knudsen
B-sound designer: post-production Thomas Huus

Visual effects

Graphic design Åsmund Sollihøgda

Appearance

Esmail Ardalan Esmaili
Sara Soho Rezanejad
Leila Susan Taslimi
Lars Lars Brygmann
Kvinde i Iran Elmira Arikan
Amir Hassan El Sayed
Johanne Stine Fischer Christensen
Liv Amalie Lindegård
Johnny Dan Boie Kratfeldt
Ida Austa Lea Gohr Jespersen
Simone Kitt Maiken Mortensen
Konsulent Petrine Agger
Vært Martin Geertz
Anna Mette K. Madsen
Bargæst Morten Hee Andersen
Jamshid Afshin Berehmand
Vært ved persisk fest Saman Bakhtiari
Ung far Thomas Persson
Mand der laver mad Sidi Nour el Idrissi
Dansende kvinde Roya Moghaddas Hoffmeyer
Gammel mand, Iran Muhammed Cangören
Ung mand, Iran Farzam Abdollahi
Fodboldspillende dreng Sina Amiri
Svigerfar, Iran Ekber Mostajeran
Datter, Iran Hasti Mostajeran
Datter, Iran Helya Mostajeran

Awards and nominations

Award Year Festival
Sven Nykvist Cinematography Award 2018 Göteborg International Film Festival 2018
NDR-Filmpreis 2017 Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 2017
1-2 Competition Main Award 2017 Warsaw International Film Festival 2017
Silver Hugo - New Directors Comp. 2017 Chicago International Film Festival 2017
Fedeora Award Film Critic Assoc. 2017 San Sebastian International Film Festival 2017

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Seattle International Film Festival 2018-05-17
Linz, Crossing Europe Film Festival 2018-04-25
Prague Febiofest, Int. Film, TV and Video Festival 2018-03-22
Hong Kong International Film Festival 2018-03-19
Göteborg International Film Festival 2018-01-26
Palm Springs International Film Festival 2018-01-02
Les Arcs European Film Festival 2017-12-16
Dubai International Film Festival 2017-12-06
Tbilisi International Film Festival 2017-12-04
Buenos Aires, Mar Del Plata Int. FF 2017-11-17
Zagreb Film Festival 2017-11-11
Arava Film Festival, Israel 2017-11-09
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 2017-11-01
Sao Paulo Int. Film Festival 2017-10-19
Warsaw International Film Festival 2017-10-13
Chicago International Film Festival 2017-10-12
San Sebastian International Film Festival 2017-09-22
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