Adaptation of Afred Döblin's 1929 novel, set in contemporary Berlin. An African immigrant (Welket Bungué) struggles to make a new life for himself in the big city in director-co-writer Burhan Qurbani’s (We Are Young. We Are Strong.
) audacious, neon-lit reinterpretation of Alfred Döblin’s 1929 novel. After surviving his perilous journey, Francis vows to be a good man, but he soon realizes how difficult it is to be righteous while undocumented in Germany–without papers, without a nationality, and without a work permit. When he receives an enticing offer for easy money from the psychopathic gangster Reinhold (Albrecht Schuch), Francis initially resists temptation, but eventually he is sucked into Berlin's underworld and his life spirals out of control.
Director: Burhan Qurbani
Germany/Netherlands 2020, 183 min
Best Feature Film (Silver), Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Score, German Film Awards 2020; Best Production Design, Best Film, Best Actor, Stockholm 2020; Best Original Score, European Film Awards 2020
Presented in collaboration with the German Film Office, an initiative of the Goethe-Institut and German Films, as part of KINO! Germany NOW! 2021 Discover New Talent