Alex on Zoo

Berlin and it’s famous locations. One being Zoo Station – called Zoo by the locals – the main train station in former West Berlin. Zoo Station became i known internationally with the success of the movie “Christiane F. – Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo”, a drama about Berlin, drug abuse and child prostitution in the eighties, also featuring David Bowie. The place at the end of West-Berlin’s main drag Kurfürstendamm got a lot better since then, gentrification, you know… but still is somewhat seedy in the darker corners.

And then there is Berlin Alexanderplatz, Alex for short. The main square in former East Berlin, which I personally consider to be one of the ugliest, most forsaken concrete jungles on the planet. It became famous with the novel of the same name by Alfred Döblin in 1929. Which was now made into a movie of the same name, first shown this February at the Berlinale. The movie puts the story into the present, telling the story of a black immigrant trying to lead a decent life in Berlin.

As this very recommendable movie is still shown at the Delphi, a movie theatre near Zoo Station, one can now have both locations on one photograph.