Berlin Alexanderplatz

Berlin Alexanderplatz

Greek premiere

Francis, the only survivor of a boat of African immigrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea, winds up in Berlin. Living in the fringes of society, he has no choice but to join a drug-dealing gang. Working his way laboriously up the criminal ladder, he commits the ultimate hubris of grasping happiness. A modern take on Alfred Döblin’s masterpiece of German literature that unfolds as a heartbreaking tale of rise and fall, paying tribute to the famous American gangster films of the 70s.

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Direction: Burhan Qurbani
Script: Martin Behnke, Burhan Qurbani
Cinematography: Yoshi Heimrath
Editing: Phillip Thomas
Sound: Michel Schöpping, Simone Galavazi, Gaby de Haan
Music: Dascha Dauenhauer
Actors: Welket Bungué, Jella Haase, Albrecht Schuch, Joachim Król, Annabelle Mandeng, Nils Verkooijen
Production: Sommerhaus Filmproduktion
Producers: Leif Alexis, Jochen Laube, Fabian Maubach
Co-production: ZDF in collaboration with ARTE, Lemming Film in collaboration with Wild at Art
Sets: Silke Buhr
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Germany, The Netherlands
Production Year: 2020
Duration: 183'
Contact: Beta Cinema

Burhan Qurbani

Burhan Qurbani was born 1980 in Germany after his parents moved there in 1979 as political refugees from Afghanistan. His father was a civilian employee in the U.S. Army and so Burhan grew up in different cities all over Germany. In 2002, he started studying Film Directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. For his short films he received the Short Film Prize of German Film Critics, the German Camera Prize for best short and the Black Pearl for the best upcoming filmmaker at the Middle East International Film Festival in 2008. Shahada, Burhan’s first full length feature film, premiered as part of the Official Competition of the 60th Berlinale in 2010. The film had theatrical releases in Germany, France, Belgium, Luxemburg, the Netherlands and Greece. Shahada also received, amongst many other awards, the Golden Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival and was screened at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival in Qatar.


2007 Illusion (short)
2009 Women Interrupted
2010 Shakada I Πίστη
2014 Wir sind jung. Wir sind stark I We Are Young. We Are Strong
2020 Berlin Alexanderplatz