KINO! GERMANY NOW! BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ

Poster Berlin Alexanderplatz © Stefanie Kulbach

Fri, 03/19/2021 -
Sun, 04/11/2021

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Kino! Germany Now! 


Germany, Netherlands (2019), 183 min., German with English Subtitles
Director: Burhan Qurbani, Screenplay: Burhan Qurbani, Martin Behnke, 
Director of Photography: Yoshi Heimrath, Cast: Welket Bungué, Albrecht Schuch, Jella Haase, Joachim Król, Producers: Leif Alexis, Jochen Laube, Fabian Maubach Co-Producers: Leontine Petit, Erik Glijnis, Production Company: Sommerhaus Filmproduktion Gmbh, in co-production with ZDF/Arte, Lemming Film BV


Francis (Welket Bungué), a recent African immigrant struggles to make a new life for himself while navigating through contemporary Berlin in director-co-writer Burhan Qurbani’s (We Are Young. We Are Strong.) frenetic, and visually stunning adaptation 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 Reinhold (Albrecht Schuch), a neurotic, sex-addicted gangster who takes Francis under his wing, Francis initially resists temptation, but eventually he is sucked into Berlin's underworld. After Francis falls deeply in love with kind-hearted call girl Mieze (Jella Haase), his life finally seems to take a turn for the better. Reinhold, however, refuses to let go of his "protégé," and Francis’ his life spirals out of control.  
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Trailer - BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ

SELECT AWARDS:
German Film Awards 2020: Best Feature Film (Silver), Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Set Design, Best Score, Stockholm 2020: Best Production Design, Best Film, Best Actor
European Film Awards 2020: Best Original Score

Burhan Qurbani:  Born in Erkelenz, Germany in 1980, Burhan Qurbani is a German director, writer, and actor of Afghan heritage. After gaining practical experience at the Staatstheater Stuttgart and the Stadttheater Hannover, he began a degree in fiction directing at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg in 2002. His graduation film, Shahada (2010), and his second feature, We Are Young. We Are Strong. (2014), won numerous awards. Berlin Alexanderplatz (2020) is his second film in competition at the Berlinale.

KINO! Germany NOW! is a project of the German Film Office, an initiative of the Goethe-Institut and German Films, and is presented in partnership with the FRIDA CINEMA, Orange County's only 501(c)(3) not-for-profit art house theater. All proceeds directly support the Frida Cinema's mission to enrich, connect, and educate communities through the art of cinema.

 

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