No Hard Feelings

Futur Drei

Directed by Faraz Shariat

Cast: Banafshe Hourmazdi, Benjamin Radjaipour, Eidin Jalali

Streaming October 3–6

Parvis’ personal experience as a young gay man would have been very different had he been raised in Iran, the home country of his parents. In Germany, he copes with life in his small hometown by indulging himself with trendy pop culture, steamy Grindr dates, and dancing the night away at vivacious raves. After getting a bit carried away, he is sentenced to community service at a refugee detention center where he meets siblings Banafshe and Amon. The brother-sister duo have fled Iran to seek asylum in Germany, much like Parvis’ family had once upon a time, a time very much forgotten to Parvis. As a secret attraction between Parvis and Amon grows into a forbidden romance, 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, even in Germany, they are not equal. This unforgettable film telling a “super-specific story about the intersections of migration, queerness and being young”, as director Faraz Shariat describes, won the Teddy Award for Best Queer Feature Film; Teddy Readers Award – Berlin IFF 2020.

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October 3, 2020
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