Berlin Alexanderplatz

Directed by Burhan Qurbani

Release Year: 2020
Running time: 183
Country: Germany
Language: German w English Subtitles
$349.00 - With PPR
$499.00 - With DSL
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MSRP: $599.00
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Directed by: Burhan Qurbani
Writer: Burhan Qurbani, Martin Behnke

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


 "A deep-cut dash of contemporary topicality… unimpeachable craft and performances."

- Jessica Kiang, Variety

"Breathes fresh air into the classic tale with this diverse, topically relevant remake."

- Redmond Bacon, Cultured Vultures

“A 21st century take on Döblin’s working-class underworld, bolstered by pitch-perfect performances, spectacular cinematography, and a racial bent that further underlines the protagonist’s outsider status."

- Michael J. Casey, Michael J. Cinema

“A poetic, cinematic reflection on the nature of good and evil. It shows a beautiful Berlin but also highlights the underbelly of drugs, decadence and violence.”

- Elaine Hegwood Bowen, The Chicago Crusader

“Lays bare the humanness of every situation and how life is forever under the influence of circumstance.”

- Myrthe Leender, Loud and Clear Reviews


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


Official Selection: Berlinale, Istanbul, Busan, and Stockholm Film Festivals


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