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 realizes 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.
Born in 1980 in Germany as the son of Afghan refugees, he first gained experience at the Staatstheater of Stuttgart and Hannover. In 2002, he began studying directing at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg. His graduation film, Shahada, celebrated its premiere at the 2010 Berlin Film Festival. His second feature We Are Young. We Are Strong. received much attention and opened the competition at the Rome Film Festival. Berlin Alexanderplatz is his third film.
NOUS SOMMES JEUNES. NOUS SOMMES FORTS. (We Are Young. We Are Strong. – Wir sind jung. Wir sind stark.)
Leif Alexis, Jochen Laube & Fabian Maubach
Martin Behnke & Burhan Qurbani
Welket Bungué, Jella Haase, Albrecht Schuch, Joachim Król, Annabelle Mandeng, Nils Verkooijen, Richard Fouofié Djimeli, Thelma Buabeng, Faris Saleh, Michael Davies
2020 – Germany & The Netherlands
3h03 – In German and English with French subtitles