Berlin Alexanderplatz

Director: Burhan Qurbani. Writer: Martin Behnke, Alfred Döblin & Burhan Qurbani. Produced by: Sommerhaus Filmproduktion (DE), co-produced by Lemming Film (NL).

Funding Netherlands Film Fund: Netherlands Film Production Incentive Film Productions, Minority co-production feature film and documentary.

Alfred Döblin’s ‘Berlin Alexanderplatz’ (1929) is a classic modernist novel from the Weimar era, telling the story of an ordinary man, Franz Biberkopf, trying to stay afloat in a society riven by corruption, violence and political prejudice. The hero, Francis, wants to be a good man and to live honestly but circumstances keep on getting in the way. Now, a contemporary version, Berlin Alexanderplatz, directed by Afghan-German auteur Burhan Qurbani, produced by Sommerhaus Filmproduktion and Lemming Film, and sold by Beta Cinema, is made. 

Festivals: Berlinale 2020