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Berlin Alexanderplatz

Directed by Burhan Qurbani

Cast: Albrecht Schuch, Annabelle Mandeng, Faris Saleh, Jella Haase, Joachim Król, Michael Davies, Nils Verkooijen, Richard Fouofié Djimeli, Thelma Buabeng, Welket Bungué

As 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. A boundary-pushing vision of the classic novel by Alfred Döblin.

Watch the special Q&A with Director Burhan Qurbani, in conversation with Film Curator and Critic Katarina Hedrén.

Presenting Partner: Goethe-Institut San Francisco
Centerpiece Sponsors: German Films and German Film Office

Dates & Times


Online Virtual Cinema

Fri, May 28
7:00 pm

Vogue Theatre

Sat, May 29
7:00 pm