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Opponent

Country: Sweden, Norway, Language: Swedish, Persian, 119 mins

  • Director: Milad Alami
  • Writer: Milad Alami
  • Producer: Maja Brantås, Anna Croneman, Stinna Lassen, Peter Possne, Annika Rogell, Ruben Thorkildsen, Sandra Warg

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Iman liman lives with his wife Maryam and his two daughters in Sweden in an ever-changing succession of refugee hostels. Having fled his former Iranian homeland for fear of persecution, he is looking for ways to secure residence for them, and is earning extra money delivering pizzas on a snowmobile. When Maryam unexpectedly falls pregnant with a third child, and conversations with the authorities become more difficult, Iman decides to resume his career as a wrestler.

Although he has promised Maryam to put the whole thing behind him, he is hoping that this will help him obtain a special residence permit as a sportsman. His skills quickly return and are appreciated in the Swedish team, but his life away from his family is not without consequences. Communication breaks down between him and his wife, who sees no reason to stay in Sweden any longer, and he is confronted with the deeper reasons for his flight.

Director Milad Alami’s second feature depicts an emotional as well as physical confrontation with the unspoken. With an engaging cast led by Payman Maadi, this meticulously rendered drama reveals how complex social dynamics can affect an individual’s inner self.


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Cast & Characters

Payman Maadi (as Iman)
Amirali Abanzad (as Flickans pappa)
Ahmed Abdullahi (as Motaz)
Robin Ahlqvist (as Brottare)
Leyla Aksoy (as Flicka som spelar piano)
Anton Andersson (as Brottare)
William Arvidsson (as Brottare)
Helya Beikzadeh (as Flickans mamma)
Anton Carlsson (as Brottare)
Björn Elgerd
Ardalan Esmaili (as Abbas)
Diana Farzami (as Sahar)
Sevin Fidan (as Bebis)
Anton Jalneskog (as Brottare)
Jonatan Jednell (as Brottare)
Tobias Johansson (as Brottare)
Arvin Kananian (as Ali)
Max Karlsson (as Brottare)
Miran Korkmaz (as Spelande man)
Sonja Lindblom (as Handläggaren)
Magnus Mark (as Föreståndaren)
Nicole Mehrbod (as Asal)
Gustav Månsson (as Brottare)
Oskar Månsson (as Brottare)
Marall Nasiri (as Maryam)