Swedish-Iranian director Milad Alami starts shoot in Copenhagen

Swedish-Iranian director Milad Alami has started principal photography on his feature debut, The Charmer, in Copenhagen.

The feature is described as ‘an intense psychological drama’ about a young Iranian man who wants to meet women who can help him stay in Denmark; he falls in love with one woman while another woman’s husband seeks revenge on him.

The film will also shoot in the Middle East. The Director of Photography is Sophia Olsson, who previously shot Sparrows and Volcano. After a five-week shoot, The Charmer will be delivered in spring 2017.

Alami, who graduated from the National Film School in Denmark in 2011, won the Danish Robert Award for his short Mommy, and his previous short Void, starring Lars Mikkelsen, played at the director’s Fortnight in Cannes.


The film’s backers include Film Vast, the Danish Film Institute through its New Danish Screen strand, and the Swedish Film Institute, which has confirmed $45,900 (420,000 SEK) for The Charmer in its latest funding round.

No sales company has been confirmed for the project yet.

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.