The Charmer

Times:

  • 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm
  • Friday, March 8, 2019

Where:

  • The Tower Theatre
    815 E Olive Ave.
    Fresno, CA 93728

Synopsis

Filmworks presents the Danish thriller “The Charmer,” an international festival favorite and first full-length feature from director Milad Alami. The film tells the story of Esmail, an Iranian immigrant who is looking to meet a woman to secure his stay in Denmark. The young, handsome, and charming Esmail grows increasingly desperate to find a connection. Then he meets Sara, an Iranian woman who introduces him to her family and their Danish-Iranian community. The unexpected meeting quickly grows into a promising close relationship, just as Esmail’s past begins to catch up with him. Full of surprises, “The Charmer” is a meticulously told mystery, slowly unraveling to reveal the complexity of Esmail–his old life in Iran and his new life in Denmark.

In Danish, Persian, and English, with English subtitles.
Assistive listening services are not available for this film.

Director: Milad Alami
Denmark/Sweden • 100 minutes • Not Rated
Distributor: Film Movement

Screening Sponsor:
Iranian Culture and Art Club of Fresno (Kanoon)

Reviews

"This is the writer and director Milad Alami’s first full-length movie. He composed the script with Ingeborg Topsøe, and their screenwriting keeps rippling outward, revealing new details about Esmail, so that time with him mirrors what it might be like to date and get to know him." — Wesley Morris, The New York Times
"The title of Milad Alami’s striking debut might describe the film itself. And on the surface it is indeed a gentle, well-mannered, and elegant affair. But its caustic undertow, which becomes increasingly apparent, ends up making the viewer angry about a world that seems hell-bent on finding divisions where there need be none." — Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter
"This is the writer and director Milad Alami’s first full-length movie. He composed the script with Ingeborg Topsøe, and their screenwriting keeps rippling outward, revealing new details about Esmail, so that time with him mirrors what it might be like to date and get to know him." — Wesley Morris, The New York Times
"The title of Milad Alami’s striking debut might describe the film itself. And on the surface it is indeed a gentle, well-mannered, and elegant affair. But its caustic undertow, which becomes increasingly apparent, ends up making the viewer angry about a world that seems hell-bent on finding divisions where there need be none." — Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter

Our 2019-20 season: Sept. 13; Oct. 11; Nov. 8-10 (Fresno Film Festival); Jan. 10; Feb. 7-8 (Oscar shorts); March 13; April 10; May 8.