As I’ve mentioned before in my last article, now that we’ve entered the new decade, it’s hard to avoid drawing parallels between the 1920s and 2020s. The new film adaptation of the cult novel “Berlin Alexanderplatz” by Alfred Döblin is an attempt of setting some elements of the Weimar Republic plot in today’s Berlin.
“Berlin Alexanderplatz” directed by Burhan Qurbani is the third film adaptation of Döblin’s novel and the one taking the most liberties with the original plot. If you haven’t heard about the story before, you might want to start by reading the novel, since the trailer makes it clear Qurbani’s movie is a rather loose interpretation.
The new film follows the character of Francis, a refugee who arrives in Berlin and struggles with the new reality. His life soon gets derailed as he is then lured into Berlin’s clandestine crime universe full of threats and temptations.
The film will celebrate its premiere at the upcoming Berlinale with a general release on April 16, 2020.