Berlin Alexanderplatz

In his modern-day adaptation of the novel, Burhan Qurbani follows an African refugee’s descent into the Berlin underworld.

Please note that this film is in English and German, with Dutch subtitles.
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Francis has survived his escape from West Africa. When he wakes up on a beach in the south of Europe, he is determined to live a regular, decent life from now on. But he winds up in present-day Berlin where a stateless person without a work permit is treated just as mercilessly as the laborer Franz Biberkopf in Döblin’s classic novel of German modernism. Francis initially resists an offer to deal drugs in Hasenheide park, but then comes under the influence of Reinhold, his neurotic, sex-addicted pal who takes him in. When Francis meets club owner Eva and the escort girl Mieze, he feels he’s found something for the first time, something he’s never known before: a little bit of happiness – which is precisely what Reinhold begrudges him.
Like the literary source material, this contemporary version of BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ is also about society and outsiders, desire and travesty. Not unlike Fassbinder’s version, Qurbani’s epic is a gloomy journey through the ‘dark night of the soul’ – not least on account of its authentic, atmospheric images of Francis’ city of exile: Berlin.

Burhan Qurbani, Germany, Netherlands, France, Canada, 2020, 183 min. English & German spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Welket Bungué, Jella Haase, Albrecht Schuch, Joachim Król, Annabelle Mandeng.