Berlin Bouncer

© Flare Film
© Flare Film

Feb. 9, 2020 at 1:00 PM
Castro Theatre, San Francisco

US West Coast Premiere
In Person: Sven Marquardt, Subject, Bouncer, and Photographer

87 min. Germany (2019)
German w/ English subtitles

Director: David Dietl
Producer: Martin Heisler
Writer: David Dietl
Director of Photography: Raphael Beinder, Eric Ferranti
Editors: Stefan Oliveira Pita, Laura Heine, Thomas Krause
Production: Flare Film GmbH

Berlin Bouncer tells the story of Berlin, from a parted city to the party metropolis of today, through the eyes of its most legendary doormen. Frank came in the 1980's to study in Berlin while Smiley Baldwin was still guarding the wall as an American GI. Behind the wall lived Sven, a young punk and photographer. When the Berlin Wall came down, nightlife took control over their lives. Until today they play a decisive role in the reunited city's never ending nights as the most famous bouncers of Berlin's popular clubs. (

Berlin Bouncer had its world premiere in the Perspektive Deutsches Kino section of the 2019 Berlinale and was selected for CPH:DOX Copenhagen.