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Milad Alami’s The Charmer being produced by Good Company Films

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- The Danish director’s feature debut will also be the first feature for the new Copenhagen-based production company

Milad Alami’s The Charmer being produced by Good Company Films
Iranian actor Ardalan Esmaili plays the lead role in The Charmer (© Jason Alami)

Danish director Milad Alami’s feature debut, The Charmer, is the first feature on the line-up for Copenhagen’s Good Company Films, the company opened in 2014 by four seasoned Danish producers – Vibeke WindeløvOle SøndbergStinna Lassen and Anni Fernandez – to “continue strengthening the position of tremendous success that Scandinavian films have enjoyed during recent years”.

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Scripted by Ingeborg Topsøe, a graduate of the UK’s National Film & Television School, and Alami, the film is described as “an intense psychological drama about race, class and the struggle for a better life”. In the movie, Esmail, a young Iranian man, is desperately looking to find a Danish girlfriend to ensure that his stay in Denmark will continue. When he finally falls in love with a young student, his past starts catching up with him, jeopardising everything he has been fighting for.

Starring Iranian actor Ardalan Esmaili in a cast of Iranian and Danish actors, including Susan Taslimi, Soho Rezanejad, Stine Fischer Christensen, Lars Brygmann and Jesper Lohmann, The Charmer is being produced by Stinna Lassen for Good Company Films, Red Rental, FilmGear, Act3, Sweden’s Garagefilm International and France’s Vixens, with support from the Danish and Swedish Film Institutes. After filming in and around Copenhagen, the production will move to the Middle East early next year.

Born in Iran, Alami grew up in Northern Sweden and has been living in Denmark since 2007. His graduation short from Denmark’s National Film School, Nothing Can Touch Me (2011), and his contribution to the Nordic Factory series of shorts, which was launched in the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes in 2014, both won international prizes. His 2014 short Mommy received the Danish Film Academy’s Robert Award.

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