Berlin Alexanderplatz

Golden Bear
Berlin International Film Festival
Burhan Qurbani's 'Berlin Alexanderplatz' breathes fresh air into the classic tale with his diverse, topically relevant remake.


Berlin Alexanderplatz

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)

WINNER! Best Feature Film (Silver), Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Score, German Film Awards; Best Film, Best Actor, European Film Awards

OFFICIAL SELECTION: Berlinale, Istanbul, Busan, and Stockholm Film Festivals

Qurbani is the third filmmaker to reinterpret the novel Berlin Alexanderplatz (a previous 15-hour mini series by Rainer Werner Fassbinder was released in 1980 and has since been re-released theatrically and on home video).

"Deep-cut dash of contemporary topicality… unimpeachable craft and performances." ~ Jessica Kiang, Variety
Not Rated
Drama, Literary Adaptation
Burhan Qurbani
Starring Welket Bungué, Albrecht Schuch, Jella Haase, Joachim Krol
Nominee, Golden Bear, Berlin International Film Festival
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