KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival: Youth-Focused LGBTQIA + Films to Open and Close Mumbai Queer Film Festival | Bombay News
Teddy Award winner No Hard Feelings is about Iranian refugees in Germany, and Australian film Unsound is about the romance of a deaf young trans man with a musician.
“What a joy to open and close KASHISH 2021 with two brilliant award-winning youth-centric films. These films are not only layered and sensitive, but are also an entertaining exploration of the landscape of LGBTQIA + youth – their aspirations, their dreams. two films will host a whole range of feature films, documentaries and short films presented as part of KASHISH 2021. Best of all, you can watch it from your home, not only in India, but also around the world », Said Sridhar Rangayan, director of the festival
The opening film No Hard Feelings is about Parvis (Benjamin Radjaipour), the son of Iranians in exile, who, after being caught shoplifting, is sentenced to community service in a shelter for refugees where he meets the siblings Banafshe (Banafshe Hourmazdi) and Amon (Eidin Jalali), who fled Iran. As the romantic attraction between Parvis and Amon grows, the fragile relationship between the three is put to the test.
The director brings his own personal experience of growing up as a second generation Iranian migrant, and also explores his own experiences as a gay man, lacking words to tell them about his identity. In his work, Faraz re-lives this story and builds a visual archive of migration to Germany.
The closing film Unsound is a beautiful, touching story about Noah (Reece Noi – Games Of Thrones) who returns disillusioned to his mother’s in Sydney, and meets Finn (deaf actress Yiana Pandelis-Legends), a proud young transgender man who works. and runs a local center and nightclub for his deaf community. But as the two grow closer, and with no common language to fall back on, they only risk getting hurt, as they learn to be true to themselves.
“It’s so great to see that someone with hearing loss has been cast to play the lead role of Finn. That’s what diversity and inclusiveness is in the cast,” Rangayan said.