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 realises 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.

Film Credits

Production country/ies: Germany, The Netherlands
Language/s: German, English
Duration: 183 min.

Directed by: Burhan Qurbani
Written by: Martin Behnke, Burhan Qurbani
Produced by: Leif Alexis, Jochen Laube, Fabian Maubach
Cinematography: Yoshi Heimrath
Editing: Philipp Thomas
Production Design: Silke Buhr
Costume Design: Anna Wübber
Make-Up & Hair: Marcela Barreto
Original Score: Dascha Dauenhauer
Sound: Simone Galavazi, Michel Schöpping
Visual Effects: Frank Kaminski
Main Cast: Welket Bungué (Franz / Francis), Jella Haase (Mieze), Albrecht Abraham Schuch (Reinhold)
Casting: Suse Marquardt, Alexandra Koknat


About the director

Burhan Qurbani was born in Germany in 1980 as the son of Afghan refugees. From 2002 Qurbani studied directing at the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy. Qurbani's graduation film SHAHADA celebrated its premiere at the 60th Berlinale in 2010. Burhan Qurbani's second feature film WIR SIND JUNG. WIR SIND STARK. also received much attention and celebrated its premiere at the Rome International Filmfestival as the opening film of the competition. BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ is the third full-length feature film by Burhan Qurbani and premiered at the 70th Berlinale 2020. It was nominated in 11 categories for the German Film Award and won five awards.