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    88 min

    • English
    • German
    • Turkish


    The fates of three German-born Muslims in Berlin collide as they struggle to find their place between faith and modern life in contemporary western society, caught at a crossroads where alluring liberated lifestyles conflict with deeply-rooted traditions.


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    • Golden Hugo, New Directors Competition - Chicago IFF
    • Best Film of the Year - Hessischer Filmpreis
    • Best Film in the Competition, Prize of German Arthouse Theaters - Berlinale
    • Grand Prix, Best Film - Saint Jean de Luz FF
    • Grand Prix, Best Film, Cinessonne FF


    Carlo Ljubek
    Jeremias Acheampong
    Maryam Zaree
    Marija Skaricic
    Sergej Moya
    Vedat Erincin
    Anne Ratte-Polle
    Nora Rim Abdel-Maksoud
    Burak Yigit
    Yolette Thomas
    Gerdy Zint
    Burhan Qurbani
    Yoshi Heimrath
    Simon Blasi
    Burhan Qurbani

    Burhan Qurbani


    I think comedy is the master class of filmmaking. And from this I am still years away.

    Burhan Qurbani (1980) grew up as a child of Afghan refugees. In 2002, Qurbani started studying film directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. He worked on several shorts and won many prizes at film festivals all over the world. For his last short film, ILLUSION (2007), he won the 2008 German Film Critics short film award and received the Black Pearl for Best Upcoming Filmmaker of the year at the 2008 Middle East IFF. Qurbani’s first feature film, SHAHADA (2010), screened in the main competition at the Berlinale and won the Golden Hugo at the Chicago IFF. Burhani’s second feature film WE ARE YOUNG. WE ARE STRONG (2014) had its premiere as the opening film in competition at the 2014 Rome IFF. The film also screened at Tribeca FF, Rotterdam IFF and many other international festivals. The film was notably nominated for Best Picture and Best Cinematography at the 2015 LOLA’s (German Film Awards) and won the LOLA for Best Supporting Actor. His most recent film BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ (2020) premiered at Berlinale's Competition section.

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