BERLIN BOUNCER tells the story of Berlin, from a divided city to the party metropolis of today, through the eyes of its most legendary doormen. Frank Künster came in the 1980s to study in Berlin while Smiley Baldwin was still guarding the wall as an American GI. Behind the wall lived Sven Marquardt, a young punk and photographer. When the 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.

Category Documentary
Director David Dietl
Production Flare Film
Country Germany
Format HD, DCP
Runtime 87 min
Year 2019
Broadcaster RBB/ARTE
Language English, German
Subtitles English
Genre Aging & Senior, Arts & Culture, History & Archive Footage, Music, Pop Culture


  • "World Premiere" Berlinale - Perspektive Deutsches Kino, Germany (2019)
  • CPH:DOX, Denmark (2019)
  • Urban Nomad FF, Taiwan (2019)
  • BEAT Festival, Russia (2019)
  • In-Edit, Spain (2019)
  • Porto/Post/Doc, Portugal (2019)
  • Intro FIlm Festival, Ukraine (2919)
  • Trieste Film Festival, Italy (2020)

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