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Berlin Alexanderplatz

Francis comes to Berlin and tries to be a decent person. He fails and constantly starts over again, until the city finally breaks him, and he is reborn as a new person.

AdaptLab 2015
Main info

Title: Berlin Alexanderplatz
Year: 2020
Directed by: Burhan Qurbani
Premiere & awards: Berlinale 2020, Competition
Produced by: Sommerhaus Filmproduktion – Germany
In co-production with: Lemming Film – Netherlands
Countries: Germany, Netherlands


As 30-year-old Francis gets washed up on the shores of Southern Europe he swears an oath to God: from now on he wants to be a new, a better, a decent man. Soon after Francis finds himself in Berlin, where he realizes how hard it is to be righteous when you are an illegal refugee in Germany – without papers, without nation and without a work permit. When he receives an enticing offer from the charismatic German Reinhold to earn easy money, Francis initially resists the temptation, maintains his oath and stays away from Reinhold‘s shady dealings. But eventually, he is sucked into Berlin‘s underworld and his life spirals out of control.

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Title: Berlin Alexanderplatz

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