Faraz Shariat “No Hard Feelings”
A story about re-discovering one’s past and building a future together.
Goethe Pop Up Seattle, in partnership with Northwest Film Forum, Three Dollar Bill Cinema, and Gay City, presents Queer Cinema from Germany, a virtual film series that serves as an introduction to the multiplicity of stories at the heart of contemporary LGBTIQ+ films.
This film series is part of Queer as German Folk, a project celebrating the intersectional histories of Germany’s and America’s diverse LGBTIQ+ communities. A digitally modified version of the exhibition Queer as German Folk and a full program of virtual events is presented by the Goethe-Institut in North America in collaboration with its Goethe Pop Ups and the Schwules Museum Berlin (SMU).
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About the film:
Germany | 2020 | 92‘
Parvis, the son of exiled Iranians, copes with life in his small hometown by indulging himself with pop culture, Grindr dates, and raves. After being caught shoplifting, he is sentenced to community service at a refugee shelter where he meets siblings Banafshe and Amon, who have fled Iran. As a romantic attraction between Parvis and Amon grows, the fragile relationship between the three is put to a test. They find and lose each other throughout a summer of fleeting youth, an intense first love, an attempt at a joint future, as well as the stark realization that, in Germany, they are not equal.
In his powerful debut peppered with pop-cultural references, Faraz Shariat turns his own experiences as an immigrant into an award-winning study of sexuality and identity in contemporary Germany. With a precise grasp of social context, he offers a sensitive insight into the experience of migrants in Germany caught between feeling foreign, being excluded and obtaining the permanent right to stay, and shows how even subsequent generations are still in the process of arriving.
About the filmmaker:
Faraz Shariat considers himself as much an activist as a filmmaker. Growing up in Cologne the son of exiled Iranians, Faraz studied media art to explore his experiences as a gay, second generation migrant: detached from the family migration history his parents have formatted on VHS tapes and lacking words to talk to them about identity. In his work, Faraz re-inhabits this history and builds a visual archive of migration in Germany. As part of the Jünglinge collective in Berlin, he currently works on queer, feminist, and anti-racist films.
No Hard Feelings debuted in the Panorama section of the 70th Berlinale and went on to win the Teddy Award.
Language: German, Farsi with English subtitles