The movie


Iman (A Separation star Payman Maadi) and his family are forced to flee Tehran for an endless series of refugee hotels in Sweden. To increase their asylum chances, Iman resumes his wrestling career. But Iman has a secret…

Length: 110 min
Country: Zweden
Language spoken: Swedish, Farsi
Language subtitles: English
Cast: Payman Maadi, Marall Nasiri, Björn Elgerd, Ardalan Esmaili, Arvin Kananian
Director: Milad Alami
Release date: 17/10/2023


These screenings are with English subtitles

After an explosive opening, Iman (A Separation star Payman Maadi), his wife, Maryam (Marall Nasiri), and his two daughters are forced to flee Tehran. Cut to the snowy north of Sweden, where Iman and family are housed in a hotel for refugees awaiting a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’ on their immigration papers. In an attempt to enhance his family’s asylum chances, Iman resumes a wrestling career with an eye to wrestling for Sweden. Why is Maryam not happy with this? As he paints a stark and pointed picture of life as a refugee, writer-director Milad Alami slowly starts to reveal the secret that Iman has been living with…

‘A sharp, stressful social thriller… Maadi gives another riveting, on-edge performance in this promise-fulfilling second feature from Swedish-Iranian helmer Milad Alami… Alami maintains suspense at both ends of his narrative without making a blank cypher of his protagonist, played with seething specificity by an electrifying Maadi.’—Guy Lodge, Variety

These screenings are with English subtitles