The first trailer has been released for Milad Alami’s The Charmer, a new Danish film that is already creating buzz and winning awards at international festivals.
The Charmer tells the story of Esmail, a young Iranian who is attempting to prove to immigration authorities that he is in a live-in, longterm relationship with a Danish citizen, the very thing he needs to remain in Denmark. He falls in love with Sara, an Iranian descendent living in Denmark, and he fits neatly into the Iranian community. However, at the same time, he is being stalked by the husband of a woman who committed suicide when Esmail abandoned her.
The Charmer is currently being sold around the world by Paris-based sales agent Alma Cinéma. It has been sold to Switzerland, Greece, India, Eastern Europe, and China. More sales are expected to close during the Berlinale after a Palm Springs screening.
The Charmer was funding from the New Danish Screen, a talent scheme designed for first-time directors. Christian Tafdrup, who directed Parents and A Horrible Woman, is a recent shining example of the success of the scheme.
The Charmer is currently competing at the Les Arcs European Film Festival and so far has won the NDR Prize at the Nordic Film Days, the Fedora Award at the San Sebastian New Directors Competition and a Chicago Fest Silver Hugo for Best Film in the New Directors Competition.
We reviewed The Charmer, and you can read that review here.