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Opponent

Original language title: Motståndaren
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A gripping and timely social drama that skilfully explores family, masculinity, and sexual repression.

Iman, an Iranian wrestler, escapes to Sweden after being accused of criticising his homeland’s oppressive regime. He and his family are trapped in bureaucratic limbo awaiting the outcome of their asylum residency application. To improve the family’s chances of permanent residency, Iman decides to wrestle competitively for Sweden. The sweat and muscle of training, along with his growing attraction to a handsome young teammate, force Iman to confront long-hidden desires amidst the weight of familial responsibility.

Content warning: contains depictions of homophobic violence and suicide themes.

2023 Queer Lisboa – Winner Audience Award Best Feature Film
2023 Inside Out Toronto – Winner Best Actor
2023 Seattle International Film Festival – Winner Special Jury Prize

“Payman Maadi gives another riveting, on-edge performance.” – Variety

“A distinctive refugee drama that finds power in the personal. It demands to be seen for Maadi’s performance alone.” – The Hollywood Reporter

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About Opponent
  • Community

    Bisexual Men Gay Men
  • Director

    Milad Alami
  • Writer

    Milad Alami
  • Cast

    Payman Maadi Marall Nasiri Björn Elgerd
  • Producer

    Annika Rogell
  • Company Credits

    Courtesy of: Indie Sales
  • Program Strand

    Narrative Feature
  • Blurb Writer

    David Blanco
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