Berlin Alexanderplatz (2020)
Presented by the Goethe-Institut Boston.
An African immigrant struggles to make a new life for himself in contemporary Berlin 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.
Plus, join us on Sunday, March 28 at 2pm for a livestreamed Q&A with director Burhan Qurbani, in conversation with Boston University professor Roy Grundmann. Watch here or at the embedded video below:
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