INTERFILM 37 International Short Film Festival Berlin
16 - 21 November 2021

Mona & Parviz

Mona & Parviz

Kevin Biele // Germany // 2021 // 17:01 min

Live Action

Two employees of the immigration office pay Mona an unannounced visit to check on the marital relationship between her and her husband Parviz. After Mona has to face the officials alone and the mood begins to falter, Parviz appears.

Three Questions for the Director

1. Short Film has a unique way of telling stories and exploring themes. What is it that fascinates you about the short format?

Kevin Biele: I think the short format gives you the opportunity to be very creative and precise about a situation, a theme or a character, without telling too much. For me it is about leaving some space for interpretation and imagination, while still being narrative and entertaining. So maybe the short form can remind the long form of being inventive.

2. The program your film is selected for is called “Hier hast du Hände, jetzt kannst du tun.”: What connection do you see between your film and that title?

Kevin Biele: When I think about hands in the film, I must think of two different aspects: first, the hands of Mona & Parviz are important to the officers, as they are looking for prove of love and marriage. Second - without spoiling -, the quotation is what Mona expects of Parviz.

3. What film has inspried you most to make films yourself and what part of it do you see in your own work?

Kevin Biele: I am kind of embarrassed to name such a hollywood film, but as I got to film late, HER (directed by Spike Jonze in 2013) was one of the first films to show me how quiet, subtle, intimate, social and relevant a film can be told. So what I might see in my work is the subtle intimacy and the love for the calm.

Actor: Leopold Von Verschuer, Cino Djavid, Banafshe Hourmazdi, Merle Wasmuth

Screenplay: Lisa Polster

Director of Photography: Leon Emonds-Pool

Producer: Anna Weber

Director: Kevin Biele

Sales Agent: Monika Bremen

Editor: Leoni Jendrejewski

Sound Design: Leoni Jendrejewski

Sound Mixing: Leoni Jendrejewski

Art Design: Josephine Brauer

Sound Editing: Leoni Jendrejewski

The film is shown in the following programs

German Competition

Hier hast du Hände, jetzt kannst du tun.

17.11.21, 18:00h, Babylon 1

19.11.21, 20:30h, Pfefferberg Theater