August of 1992. Three years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, anti-immigrant attacks targeting a refugee shelter on the outskirts of the former East German city of Rostock culminate in the notorious “Night of the Fire.” Following three days of violence, nearly 3,000 rioters, neo-Nazis and bystanders set fire to the shelter, trapping Vietnamese refugees and a group of journalists inside. Qurbani’s controversial film recounts the hours leading up the evening’s startling events as experienced by three very different characters: Lien, a young Vietnamese immigrant, caught in a struggle for survival; Stefan, an insecure youth, who, along with his friends participates in the night’s riots; and Stefan’s father Martin, an ambitious local politician torn between advancing his career by remaining silent, and standing up for his ideals, taking action to stop the riots. Qurbani meticulously recreates the look and feel of the era, when many East German cities struggled with unemployment and feelings of isolation from the West, exposing the complex issue of xenophobia in a country thought to have been healed by German reunification.
Awards: German Film Award 2015 (Best Supporting Actor - Joel Basman) Sofia IFF 2015 (International Jury Special Award) Deutscher Schauspielerpreis 2015 (Best Actor-Devid Striesow) Rome IFF 2014 (Best Editing, SIGNIS Award- Ente dello Spettacolo, Sorriso diverso Roma-Best Foreign Film) Filmtage Hof 2014 (Best Costume Design, Best Set Design) The German Cinema Award for Peace - The Bridge (New Talent: Burhan Qurbani)
Director: Burhan Qurbani Screenplay: Burhan Qurbani, Martin Behnke Cinematography: Yoshi Heimrath Cast: Devid Striesow, Jonas Nay, Trang Le Hong, Joel Basman, Saskia Rosendahl, Thorsten Merten, Paul Gäbler, David Schütter, Jakob Bieber, Swantje Kohlhof, Mai Duong Kieu, Aaron Le, Lariss Füchs, Axel Pape Producers: Jochen Laube, Leif Alexis Production Company: UFA Fiction/Ludwigsburg, in co-production with ZDF Das kleine Fersehspiel/Mainz, in cooperation with ARTE/Strasbourg, cine plus Filmproduktion/Berlin, UFA Cinema/Potsdam