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Run Time: 100 minutes
Esmail is dangerously close to being thrown out of Denmark. As an Iranian immigrant without citizenship, his only hope of avoiding deportation is to find a Danish woman to marry, and soon. When his latest in a string of girlfriends dumps him for moving too fast, Esmail has to start again from square one. Every night he puts on the only nice suit he owns, heads to an upscale bar, and tries to pick up women, deceiving each one into believing he’s in love with her. As the clock ticks and the stakes get higher, Esmail’s lonely and disingenuous pursuit begins to unravel, along with his mental state. More than one person will end up getting hurt on this endeavor, and the consequences of Esmail’s deception will slowly begin to catch up with him. Tense and mysterious, THE CHARMER is a psychological drama that will make you think twice before picking up a stranger in a bar. (In Danish and Farsi with subtitles) —G.S.
Tower City Cinemas
Monday, April 09, 2018 at 9:40 PM
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 5:25 PM
International Narrative Competition
Milad Alami was born in Tehran, Iran in 1982. He was raised in Sweden and now lives in Denmark. In 2015 his film “Mommy” won the Danish Academy Award for Best Short Film.
Nordic Factory (2014), THE CHARMER (2017)
Ingeborg Topsøe, Milad Alami
Ardalan Esmaili, Soho Rezanejad, Susan Taslimi, Lars Brygmann