Film screening

German Movie Nights: No Hard Feelings


Goethe-Institut New York

30 Irving Place
New York, NY 10003


Language: German, Farsi with English subtitles
Price: Free
+1 212 4398700 Registration required

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The German Film Office and Villa Aurora are pleased to present a special in-person screening of Faraz Shariat’s award-winning debut feature No Hard Feelings at the Goethe-Institut New York, followed by a conversation with the director and co-screenwriter and producer Paulina Lorenz, moderated by film critic Devika Girish. Please register to attend.

In this stunning, semi-autobiographical film, Parvis is a young and openly gay son of exiled Iranian parents who immerses himself in pop culture, fashion, clubbing, and casual internet sex dates as a means of escaping the suburban boredom of his hometown in central Germany. Caught shoplifting, he is ordered to perform community service in a refugee shelter where he meets Amon who has fled Iran with his sister Banafshe. As the three become friends—and Parvis and Amon fall in love with each other—Parvis finds himself caught between the generation of immigrants before him, the newcomers, and the rest of German society.  
World premiere: Berlin International Film Festival 
No Hard Feelings won the Berlinale’s Teddy Award for Best Queer Feature Film and its Panorama Audience Award, among many others. 
“Heartbreaking and heartwarming in equal measure, No Hard Feelings delivers profound insights with a buoyant pop sensibility. Shariat’s characters may suffer precarity and prejudice, but the director doesn’t deny them queer joy, capturing them in bright pastel colors, sun-kissed scenes of sensuality and music-video-style montages.” (The New York Times) 
No Hard Feelings is a love story, an immigrant tale and the announcement of an exciting new talent in Shariat.” (Variety) 
Futur Drei 
Dir. Faraz Shariat 
Germany, 2020 
92 minutes 
With Benny Radjaipour, Eidin Jalali, Banafshe Hourmazdi 

Faraz Shariat worked as 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 feature debut No Hard Feelings is based on autobiographical documentaries exploring his family history and on his work as a translator for refugees. The film was developed in collaboration with Paulina Lorenz and Raquel Molt as part of the Jünglinge film collective, where they have worked together since they met at university. 
Paulina Lorenz studied film, music and visual culture at the University of Hildesheim and Brown University, and holds an M.A. in migration studies from the University of Copenhagen. In 2015, she co-founded the Jünglinge film collective, which explores queer-feminist and post-migrant perspectives in film, television, and popular culture. Since then, she has been developing, writing, and producing feature-length and episodic work, including the 2020 Teddy Award winner No Hard Feelings. 
Devika Girish is the co-deputy editor of Film Comment magazine and a Talks programmer at the New York Film Festival. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Sight and Sound, Nation, New York Review of Books, and other publications.