A very gloomy journey through the night, about outsiders, desire and transvestism.
Francis has survived his escape from West Africa to Europe. When he arrives in Berlin and starts a new life, he swears to do so as a good man. However, because of his status as an illegal refugee, this turns out to be practically impossible. Francis falls into the hands of drug dealer Reinhold. Under his influence Francis turns into Franz, a merciless criminal. The honest life he tried to lead is suddenly further away than ever.
Berlin Alexanderplatz, the classic by Alfred Doblin (1929), has several adaptations, best known is Fassbinder’s from 1980.