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When Francis, 30, the only survivor of an illegal crossing from Africa, awakes at a beach in 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 a nation and without a work permit. When he receives an enticing offer from the charismatic German Reinhold, 31, 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.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2020
Director Burhan Qurbani
Screenplay Burhan Qurbani, Martin Behnke
Cinematography Yoshi Heimrath
Cast Welket Bungué, Albrecht Schuch, Jella Haase, Joachim Król
Producers Leif Alexis, Jochen Laube, Fabian Maubach
Production Company Sommerhaus Filmproduktion, in co-production with ZDF, in cooperation with ARTE, Lemming Film
Runtime 183 min
Format DCP, color, cs
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology 5.1
Festivals Berlinale 2020, Istanbul 2020, Busan International Film Festival 2020, Cleveland International Film Festival 2021
Awards German Film Awards 2020: Best Feature Film (Silver), Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Score, Best Production Design
With backing from BKM, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, German Motion Picture Fund, German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, MFG Baden-Württemberg, Eurimages, Torino Film Lab

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