Watch the trailer to Berlin Bouncer
Leave your reservations at the door, watch the trailer to Berlin Bouncer.
If you’ve gone clubbing, you’ve met the array of characters guarding the passageway to the hedonistic realm of music, booze and sexual freedom.
But none do it with such style as bouncers in club capital, Berlin. These men aren’t just in charge of security; they play the role of curator, vibe maker.
The new documentary by German filmmaker David Dietl called Berlin Bouncer follows three men who have become infamous in club culture and have reached a bizarre level of celebrity.
There’s Sven Marquardt, the face-tattooed doorman of the city’s most revered club, Berghain, Frank Künster who worked at now-defunct clubs like Cookies and Delicious Donuts before becoming the bouncer and eventually owner of King Size Bar, and Smiley Baldwin, an ex-American GI who was stationed at the east-west border, who also did a spell at Cookies, and now owns his own security company.
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The documentary takes a look at their lives beyond the velvet rope, at the realities of living and ageing in city undergoing change.
For instance, Künster is filmed adding wood to his fire; Baldwin going home to visit his family and Marquardt shopping for black designer Tees:
“It’s an absurd profession,” Künster explains in the film. “I’m giving people something. That’s why people give me positive attention.”
Despite the admiration, the three are well-aware of how temporary it is.
“You have to separate between private and professional life, fake and real friends,” Marquardt says in a soft Berlin accent. “Sometimes people approach me or yell from the queue: ‘Hey, Sven we took a picture together once, remember?’ and I have no recollection of that person whatsoever.”
Watch the trailer to Berlin Bouncers, out now.