Portrait of a Friendship

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Portrait of a Friendship

Original title: Portrait einer Freundschaft

Directed by: Faezeh Nikoozad

Produced by: Julia Cöllen (Fünferfilm, Germany)

Country of production: Germany

Runtime: 80'

Expected release: November, 2024

Production stage: Editing

Budget: €325 032,96 (100% in place)

1st feature: Yes

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The filmmaker Faezeh connects to her homeland Iran through her two best friends, also filmmakers – Narges, exiled in Germany for political reasons and Hamideh, unable to leave Iran. Together, they explore the notion of home through the lenses of their cameras, capture dispersed experiences and reveal filmmaking practice as a universal haven providing a sense of comfort across borders. Starting with the archive footage of their final moments together, they seek to reunite fifteen years later amid turmoil, and continue their cinematic dialogue.

Director’s profile:

Faezeh Nikoozad is an Iranian filmmaker based in Hamburg. She earned a BA in Production and Costume Design in Tehran and her BA and MA in Film at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg. Her work, from documentary to experimental film, covers a wide range of topics – including home, childhood and displacement. Her shorts have been presented and awarded at numerous international film festivals.

Producer’s profile:

In the last years Fünferfilm has established itself as a company for auteur films and exceptional cinematic signatures. The company produces features, documentaries and shorts, relentlessly working to build up young talent with outstanding cinematic signatures in particular.