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Berlin Bouncer

Berlin Bouncer © Flare Film GmbH
© Flare Film GmbH

Saturday, November 16 at 7:45 pm

Germany, 2019, 87 min., Director: David Dietl
Screenplay: David Dietl, Cast: Sven Marquardt, Frank Künster, Smiley Baldwin


  • World Premiere in the category „Perspektive Deutsches Kino“ at the International Competition of the 69th Berlinale 2019
Rating: PG-13

Discussion with director David Dietl, moderated by Sky Sitney, follows the screening.

The biographies of three legendary bouncers – Frank, Sven, and Smiley – are a bit like a map of the paths and detours a divided city has taken in its transformation into a party metropolis. This film chronicles an exciting piece of Berlin’s cultural history – from the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall up to the pulsating present. In the late 1980s, Frank Künster came from West Germany to Berlin, where Smiley Baldwin, an American G.I., was guarding the border to East Berlin, and Sven Marquardt, a young punk and photographer on the other side of the Wall, was surprised to see it fall. It was not long before all three found themselves caught up in the city’s wild nightlife of the 1990s, where they soon became the legendary ‘guardians’ of the city’s hippest clubs.

David Dietl fosters a special relationship of trust with his three protagonists, all of whom allow him to take a look behind the legends for his film. A real-life story about the surprising – and delightfully diverse – directions of our paths through life, appropriately accompanied by the infectiously pounding club sounds which have become a kind of second heartbeat for the protagonists.

David Dietl was born in Los Angeles in 1979. After graduating from high school, he gained extensive experience in the film industry before studying at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin. He directed and wrote his graduation film and cinema debut, König von Deutschland. In 2016, he directed the television film Ellas Baby, starring Benno Fürmann and Katharina Schüttler. His comedy Rate Your Date was released in German cinemas in spring 2019.

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