22.04. ‐ 27.04.2025

Opponent (Motståndaren)

Milad Alami

From bustling heat into dark snow: Fearing persecution, Iman and his family have to leave their Iranian home and flee to Sweden. Even after their arrival, they still cannot find peace having to move from one refugee shelter to the next. To inch closer to the longed-for residence permit, Iman resumes his career as a wrestler – but the biggest struggle he faces is with himself.

Opponent is a thriller of hidden emotions that fight their way to the surface through the body.

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Direction Milad Alami
Country Sweden
Year 2023
Duration 119 min
Language Farsi, Swedish with English subtitles
Production Annika Rogell, Sandra Warg, Peter Possne
Cast Payman Maadi, Marall Nasiri, Björn Elgerd, Ardalan Esmaili, Arvin Kananian, Nicole Mehrbod, Diana Farzami, Magnus Mark, Joonas Saartmo
Camera Sebastian Winterø
Script Milad Alami
Editing Olivia Neergaard-Holm
Sound Andreas Franck

Berlinale 2023


International Feature Film Program