Queer Stories, Queer Futures
Jünglinge use film to reimagine the world from queer of colour perspectives. The German collective, founded by Paulina Lorenz and Faraz Shariat, won Best Queer Film at the 2020 Berlin Film Festival for Futur Drei. The film portrays life in a small German city through the fleeting queer loves and friendships of Parvis, an Iranian-German, and Amon and Banafshe, both Iranian refugees. Jünglinge talk to Tom Smith about their filmmaking and the futures we create when we tell queer stories.
Jünglinge is a film collective of mid-twenties artists raised in the hybrid cultures of post-migrant Germany. Jünglinge believes that young, European film needs to tell queer, diverse and, most of all, political stories about growing up and living together in our societies. Working on the edge of fiction and documentary storytelling, the collective indulges in an aggressive pop imagery that gives their stories a current look and feel.
Futur Drei (No Hard Feelings) is a story about re-discovering one’s past and building a future together. Parvis, the son of exiled Iranians, copes with life in his small hometown by indulging himself with pop culture, Grindr dates, and raves. After being caught shoplifting, he is sentenced to community service at a refugee shelter where he meets siblings Banafshe and Amon, who have fled Iran.
As a romantic attraction between Parvis and Amon grows, 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 and an attempt at a joint future, as well as the stark realisation that, in Germany, they are not equal.
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