Berlin Alexanderplatz

Film still: Berlin Alexanderplatz © Stefanie Kulbach
Feature, Drama, 2020, 183 min.
Original title: Berlin Alexanderplatz
Language: German with English subtitles
Director: Burhan Qurbani
Screenplay: Burhan Qurbani, Martin Behnke
Cinematography: Yoshi Heimrath
Cast: Welket Bungué, Albrecht Schuch, Jella Haase, Joachim Król
Producers: Leif Alexis, Jochen Laube, Fabian Maubach
Festivals: Berlinale 2020, Istanbul 2020, Busan 2020, Stockholm 2020
Awards: 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

An African immigrant 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. – Alissa Simon

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