EFA Selection


Burhan Qurbani | Germany, Netherlands | 2020 | 183 min.
O.V. in German subtitled in English and Spanish
Berlin Alexanderplatz

An updated version of Alfred Döblin's 1929 novel with the same name (adapted for television in 1980 by Rainer Werner Fassbinder), flooded with the colours of neon and the nocturnal nature of Drive. In this new version, which traces the darker side of today's Germany and the Europe of prosperity, the main character is Francis, an African refugee who struggles to find his place in the Berlin asphalt jungle. A fast-paced, passionate and monumental melodrama of virtuous staging, which traces a harsh judgment on illegal immigration, job insecurity and wild capitalism. Official Section at the Berlinale.

Direction: Burhan Qurbani
Script: Martin Behnke, Burhan Qurbani
Cinematography: Yoshi Heimrath
Editing: Philipp Thomas
Music: Dascha Dauenhauer
Sound: Michel Schöpping, Simone Galavazi, Gaby de Haan
Cast: Welket Bungué, Jella Haase, Albrecht Schuch, Joachim Król, Annabelle Mandeng 
Production: Leif Alexis, Jochen Laube, Fabian Maubach
Production Company: Sommerhaus Filmproduktion

Burhan Qurbani

Born in 1980, his parents fled Afghanistan as victims of political persecution in 1979 and came to Germany. His father’s work in the US army meant he grew up in various German cities. After gaining experience at the Staatstheater Stuttgart and the Stadttheater Hannover, he began a degree in fiction directing at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg in 2002. His graduation film, Shahada, screened in the 2010 Berlinale Competition; his second feature, Wir sind jung. Wir sind stark., opened Rome Film Fest as well as Hof International Film Festival in 2014. Both films won several awards. His latest film, Berlin Alexanderplatz, premiered in Berlin.