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Germany (2020) 92 min., German, Farsi with English Subtitles
Director: Faraz Shariat, Screenplay: Faraz Shariat & Paulina Lorenz,
Cinematography: Simon Vu, Cast: Benjamin Radjaipour, Eidin Jalali, Banafshe Hourmazdi, Jürgen Vogel, Maryam Zaree, Producers: Paulina Lorenz, Faraz Shariat, Jost Hering, Production Companies: Jünglinge Film in co-production with Jost Hering Filme, Iconoclast Germany, La Mosca Bianca Films.
In this stunning debut from director Faraz Shariat, Parvis Zareh (Benjamin Radjaipour) is a young, proud, and openly gay son of Iranian immigrants, who immerses himself in pop culture, fashion, clubbing, and casual internet sex-dates as a means of escaping the suburban boredom of his home in central Germany. As punishment for shoplifting, he is sent to perform community service in a refugee shelter where he meets and falls in love with Amon (Eidin Seyed Jalali), a young migrant who has fled Iran with his sister Banafshe (Banafshe Hourmazdi). As the three become friends, and Parvis and Amon fall in love with each other, Parvis finds himself caught between the generation of migrants before him, the third generation of newcomers, and the rest of German society. Shariat's semi-autographical story challenges homophobia and xenophobia through a vibrant visual style full of pop culture references.
"NO HARD FEELINGS is a love story, an immigrant tale and the announcement of an exciting new talent in Shariat."
- Jessica Kiang, Variety.
Teddy Award Best Queer Feature Film; Teddy Readers Award, Panorama Audience Award, Molodist Kyiv IFF 2020:
Special Jury Diploma,
Grand Jury Prize Best Screenplay, Inside Out LGBT 2020:
Best First Feature.
Growing up in Cologne the son of exiled Iranis, 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 reinhabits this history and builds a visual archive of migration in Germany.