Berlinale Selection 2020
No Hard Feelings
Within the framework of the "Weeks of the German language"
Coming-of-Age // 92 minutes // 2020 // Director: Faraz Shariat
Rating R18 – Viewer discretion advised. Contains scenes of a sexual nature.
High-cut trousers, skin-tight t-shirt, short, peroxide-blond hair. Parvis, the son of Iranian parents, has established himself in the attic of his parents’ house in a quiet new housing estate in Lower Saxony and is busy trying out everything and anything from sex dates to raves. After getting caught shoplifting, he is sent to do community service in a refugee shelter where he falls in love with Amon, who has fled Iran with his sister Banafshe Arezu. The trio enjoys a summer of fierce partying till dawn, coloured by the realisation that, in their different ways, none of them is at home in Germany.
No Hard Feelings (German: Futur Drei) won several awards. This includes the German Acting Award – Best Newcomer for Benjamin Radjaipour, the First Steps Award 2019 – Best Full-Length Feature Film & Best Ensemble and Best Debut Film by the international Film Festival Berlin 2020. The Film was also awarded the Teddy Award for Best Feature Film, the Teddy Readers' Award powered by queer.de and Best Screenplay at the Outfest Los Angeles 2020.
Actors/Actresses: Benjamin Radjaipour, Banafshe Hourmazdi, Eidin Jalali
Born in Cologne, Germany in 1994, he worked first as a director and actor at Schauspiel Köln and on video installations for the Staatstheater Hannover before studying dramatic arts at the University of Hildesheim. His work focuses on post-migrant experiences and stories about immigrant families. His debut feature film, No Hard Feelings (German: Futur Drei), evolved from his autobiographical documentaries exploring his family history and from his work as a translator for refugees.