The biggest grossing German movie last year was a fizzy feel-good summer comedy about the country's refugee influx, "Welcome to the Hartmanns".

Just a year on, German screens are darkening with "Club Europa", a sobering take on the challenges and dilemmas in the newcomers' integration that mirrors a growing national sense of ambivalence.

The new movie by 32-year-old Franziska Hoenisch, to be broadcast on public television ZDF on Thursday, tells the story of a group of young Berlin flatmates who decide to take in a refugee from Cameroon named Samuel.

The Berliners show the newcomer the capital's famous techno scene and demonstrate how to use a potato peeler while explaining to Samuel that he has arrived in "potato country".

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