Milad Alami was awarded the NDR Film Prize and 12,500 Euro for his feature debut, The Charmer (Charmøren), at the 59th Nordic Film Days Lübeck on Saturday.
The Charmer, which won at San Sebastian last month, is an intense psychological drama about a young Iranian man who is desperately trying to meet women who can secure his stay in Denmark. However, as time runs out, he falls in love and his past catches up with him.
Meanwhile, the Audience Prize went to Iram Haq’s What Will People Say (Hva vil folk si), about a Pakistani-Norwegian girl whose worlds collide when her father catches her in bed with her boyfriend, and she is forced to live in Pakistan and learn her parents’ culture.
And finally, Joachim Trier’s supernatural Oscar contender Thelma won the Baltic Film Prize, which honours a Competition film from Scandinavia, for its portrayal of a woman who begins to fall in love, only to discover that she has fantastic powers.