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Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 03/2018

Burhan Qurbani and his co-writer Martin Behnke draw on elements and characters from Alfred Döblin's classic 1929 novel for their story set in present-day Berlin of a refugee from Guinea Bissau, Francis, who arrives in the German capital after illegally crossing by boat from Africa to Europe. He honestly strives to be a good and decent man, but making a legal living as a stateless refugee turns out to be practically impossible. Soon, Francis meets the shady German drug dealer Reinhold, and the two men are bound together by a cynical fate and destructive magnetism, friendship and betrayal, hatred and a dark eroticism, as well as by love and the abuse of this love.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Director Burhan Qurbani
Screenplay Burhan Qurbani, Martin Behnke
Cast Welket Bungué, Albrecht Schuch, Jella Haase, Joachim Król, Annabelle Mandeng
Producers Jochen Laube, Leif Alexis, Fabian Maubach
Production Company Sommerhaus Filmproduktion, in co-production with Lemming Film/Amsterdam, ZDF, in cooperation with ARTE
Original Version
 German, English
Shooting Dates May-July 2018
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, MFG Baden-Württemberg, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, BKM, German Federal Film Board, German Motion Picture Fund, Eurimages, Torino Film Lab

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