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GER21 Berlin Alexanderplatz

18+ 183 MIN
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Synopsis

A slick modern adaptation of Alfred Döblin's influential 1929 novel, Berlin Alexanderplatz is a poetic fable about the futility of ambition and morality.

Francis (the magnetic Welket Bungué) has survived his escape from Guinea Bissau. When he wakes up on a beach in the south of Europe after an illegal crossing over the Mediterranean Sea, he is determined to live a normal life. But he winds up in Berlin, where a refugee without a work permit is treated mercilessly.

Although he initially resists an offer to deal drugs in Hasenheide park, Francis then comes under the influence of his neurotic sex-addicted pal Reinhold (Albrecht Schuch). When Francis meets charismatic nightclub owner Eva and escort girl Mieze (Jella Haase), he feels he has finally found a little bit of happiness – precisely what Reinhold begrudges him.

Not unlike Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s deeply influential 1980 miniseries, director Burhan Qurbani’s epic is a gloomy journey through the dark night of the soul and Francis’ city of exile. Divided into five parts and an epilogue, Berlin Alexanderplatz evokes the decadent and destructive charm of Berlin in a present-day odyssey.

Awards

NOMINATED: Best Film, Berlin International Film Festival 2020

WINNER: European Composer, European Film Awards 2020

WINNER: Best Supporting Actor, Best Film Score, Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Outstanding Feature Film Silver Award, German Film Awards 2020

WINNER: Best Film Score, Best Editing, German Film Critics Association Awards 2021

WINNER: Best Actor, Best Film, Stockholm Film Festival 2020

NOMINATED: European Screenwriter, European Film, European University Film Award, European Film Awards 2020

Reviews

"Meticulously timed, gorgeously shot, urgent and timely."

- Berlin Film Journal


Movie Information

Release date

Tuesday 25th May

Duration

183 min

Rating

18+

Director

Burhan Qurbani

Genre

Film Festival

Language

English, German with English subtitles



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