Faraz Shariat: Futur Drei

Artist Faraz Shariat

Words Christian Ruess

Parvis grows up as a child of the millenial generation in the comfortable prosperity of his Iranian immigrant parents. He tries to escape the provincial life in Hildesheim through pop culture, grindr-dates and raves. After being caught shoplifting he does community service as a translator in a shelter for refugees. There he meets the Iranian siblings Banafshe and Amon. A fragile three-way relationship develops between them, increasingly marked by the awareness that their future in Germany is unequal.

In his autobiographical directorial debut, Faraz Shariat, born in 1994, tells an authentic and at the same time miraculously exaggerated story of the queer adolescence of an immigrant son in Germany – and thus provides a resolute counter-draft to conventional German cinema, in which post-migrant experiences and stories of immigrants and their families are all too often excluded or misrepresented.

For its sensitive, pop-affine and powerful plea for diversity, “Futur Drei” was awarded Best Feature Film at the First Steps Award 2019, and Shariat’s young ensemble cast (Banafshe Hourmazdi, Eidin Jalali, Benjamin Radjaipour) received the Götz-George Young Talent Award. At the Berlinale, where the film celebrated its world premiere, “Futur Drei” was honored with two Teddys (Best Feature Film, Readers’ Prize).