Official Selection out of Competition | 183 min | 2020


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About the Film

Francis, 30, has survived his escape from West Africa. As he gets washed up at a beach in Southern Europe, he swears an oath to God: from now on, he wants to be a new, decent man. Soon after he winds up in Berlin, Francis realizes how hard it is to be righteous when you are an illegal refugee. When he receives an enticing offer from the charismatic yet neurotic, sex-addicted German, Reinhold, Francis initially resists the temptation, maintains his oath and stays away from Reinhold’s shady dealings. Unfortunately, he is inevitably sucked into Berlin’s underworld and his life spirals out of control.

Film Info

Section Official Selection out of Competition
Year 2020
Length 183 min
Language German, English
Country Germany, France, Canada, Netherlands
Rating +18

Film Credits

Director Burhan Qurbani
Screenplay Martin Behnke, Burhan Qurbani, Alfred Döblin (novel)
Cinematography Yoshi Heimrath
Music Dascha Dauenhauer
Editing Philipp Thomas
Producer Leif Alexis, Jochen Laube, Fabian Maubach
Production Company Sommerhaus Filmproduktion, ZDF, ARTE, Lemming Film
Sound Design
Sound Michel Schöpping, Simone Galavazi, Gaby de Haan
Cast Welket Bungué, Albrecht Schuch, Jella Haase, Joachim Król, Annabelle Mandeng

Film Contacts

Directed by: Burhan Qurbani

Burhan Qurbani is a German film director, writer, and actor of Afghan origin, born in 1980. In 1979, Qurbani’s parents fled Afghanistan as victims of political persecution and moved to Germany. Because of his father’s work in the US army, Qurbani resided in various German cities. After gaining experience at the Stadttheater Stuttgart and the Stadttheater Hannover, he embarked on acquiring a degree in fiction directing at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg. His graduation film, Shahada, competed in the 60th Berlinale. His second feature, We Are Young. We Are Strong., opened the Rome Film Festival as well as the Hof International Film Festival in 2014. Both films earned several awards.