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Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #134. Milad Alami’s Opponent

Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #134. Milad Alami’s Opponent


For his sophomore feature, Iranian-Scandi (grew up in Sweden and currently lives in Denmark) filmmaker Milad Alami hits the mat tackling stereotypical images of Middle-Eastern men. Opponent (Motståndaren) is a psychological drama set in the wrestling community where masculinity, intimacy and violence are commonplace. The project won a post-production prize at Les Arcs Festival’s Work-In-Progress section. This was produced by Sweden’s Tangy and Norway’s Ape&Bjørn. Payman Maadi (from Farhadi’s A Separation) toplines.

Gist: The story is about a man who is forced to flee Iran because of rumours about him, who tries to settle his family in northern Sweden.

Release Date/Prediction: A major film festival should be in the cards – perhaps competing for the Golden Bear.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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