The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.
Language: German, English
Run Time: 183 minutes
Based on Alfred Döblin’s iconic 1929 novel of the same name, BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ updates the great German work for the present day. As a child of immigrants himself, director Burhan Qurbani reimagines this fable of morality and acceptance through the eyes of Francis, an undocumented immigrant from West Africa who dreams of starting life anew in Berlin. Determined to stay on the right path, Francis resists the urge to return to crime for easy money until Reinhold, a charismatic wannabe drug lord, convinces him otherwise. Despite his good intentions, Francis lacks opportunity and resources, which makes breaking away from the city’s underbelly an almost Sisyphean task. Whereas love and community help him rise, money, sex, and misplaced loyalty only drag him down deeper. With its omniscient narrator and sweeping cinematography, BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ is a modern epic of Shakespearean proportions. The struggle for one man’s soul is wrapped in romance, tragedy, madness, and desire—but is his fate set in stone? Only the neon-drenched streets of Berlin seem to know. (In English, German, Soninke, and Portuguese with subtitles) — D.O.
CIFF45 Streams On Demand
Thursday, April 08, 2021 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 11:59 PM
Streams Access: United States and US Territories
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: Yes
International Narrative Competition
Leif Alexis, Jochen Laube, Fabian Maubach
Burhan Qurbani, Martin Behnke
Welket Bungué, Albrecht Schuch, Jella Haase, Joachim Król