• Milad Alami
  • Sweden, Norway
  • 2023
  • 119'
  • Motståndaren

Six years after the tense thriller The Charmer (ZFF 2017), director Milad Alami arrives at ZFF with a new title that will keep you glued to your seats. When a dangerous rumour forces them to flee Iran, wrestler Iman (Payman Maadi – A SeparationAbout Elly) and his family come to Sweden seeking asylum. In order to increase their chances of staying, Iman restarts his wrestling career in Sweden, but the rumours that they tried to escape from soon resurface. Opponent premiered at this year’s Berlinale, and was selected as Sweden’s Oscar candidate.

Subtitles: EN, HR

Milad Alami

Milad Alami is a Swedish director born in Iran. He graduated from the National Film School of Denmark, after which he made several fiction shorts, including Void (2014) which premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight section at Cannes. Alami’s feature debut, The Charmer (ZFF 2017), premiered at San Sebastián, where it was awarded the FEDEORA Award. His second feature, Opponent (2023), premiered at the Berlinale.


Milad Alami
Milad Alami
Payman Maadi, Marall Nasiri, Björn Elgerd, Ardalan Esmaili
Sebastian Winterø
Olivia Neergaard-Holm
Annika Rogell, Ruben Thorkildsen, Sandra Warg, Peter Possne, Anna Croneman
Tangy, Filmpool Nord, Film i Väst, Sveriges Television, Ape & Bjørn
Festivals & Awards
Berlinale; Karlovy Vary Int'l Film Festival; Queer Lisboa – Special Mention, Audience Award

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