Opponent (15)

Friday 17th May 2024 - Wednesday 22nd May 2024

Dir. Milad Alami, Sweden, 2023, 119 mins, in Swedish with English subtitles. Cast. Payman Maadi, Amirali Abanzad, Ahmed Abdullahi.

Writer-director Milad Alami’s accomplished second feature weaves an emotional domestic drama around a wrestler torn between family and suppressed desires.

In the aftermath of a devastating rumour, Iman and his family have been forced to flee Iran. As refugees, they end up in a run-down hotel in northern Sweden. Despite feeling powerless, Iman tries to maintain his role as the family patriarch. To increase their chances of asylum, he breaks a promise to his wife and joins the local wrestling club. As the rumours start to resurface, Iman’s fear and desperation begin to take a hold. This meticulously rendered drama reveals how complex social dynamics can affect an individual’s inner self, with the refugee crisis as a searing backdrop to a story about masculinity and family values.

★★★★ “An outstanding lead performance from Payman Maadi lies at the heart of this powerful, slow-burning drama” Total Film

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Dates & Times

 Friday 17th May 2024  8:30pm
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 Saturday 18th May 2024  5:30pm
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 Tuesday 21st May 2024  8:30pm
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 Wednesday 22nd May 2024  2:30pm
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 Wednesday 22nd May 2024  6:00pm
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