Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Release: Berlin Alexanderplatz

Digital, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 31, 2021
Price: DVD $13.29, Blu-ray $19.89
Studio: Kino Lorber

A man from Guinea-Bissau moves to Germany, where he is befriended by a drug dealer and two women in 2020’s Berlin Alexanderplatz, directed by Burhan Qurbani and reinterpreted from Alfred Döblin’s 1929 novel.

After surviving his perilous journey, Francis (Welket Bungué) vows to be a good man, but he soon realizes how difficult it is to be righteous while undocumented in Germany—without papers, without a nationality, and without a work permit. When he receives an enticing offer for easy money from the psychopathic gangster Reinhold (Albrecht Schuch), Francis initially resists temptation, but eventually he is sucked into Berlin’s underworld and his life spirals out of control.

This German drama, which was positively received by the critics, doesn’t have much in common with Fassbinder’s famed version outside of its source material as a jumping-off point.


Buy or Rent Berlin Alexanderplatz

About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.