Beauty & Decay

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    Beauty & Decay

    Schönheit & Vergänglichkeit

    Directed by

    Germany

    2019

    79 min

    • German

    Documentary

    He is best known as the bouncer at the Berlin techno club ‘Berghain’, but Sven Marquardt is also a photographer. Even before the fall of the Berlin Wall, he was portraying East Berlin’s subculture and its protagonists in black and white. Marquardt was not just an observer, but was himself part of the punk scene in which he found his models. After years of nightlife, he has more recently devoted himself increasingly to photography and is once again portraying one of his earlier favourite models, Dominique Hollenstein, known as Dome. Together they recall the attitude towards life of a rebellious and creative youth in the GDR. They also remember the ‘pretty’ punk Robert Paris, who was himself a photographer and also became one of Marquardt’s favourite models. Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Robert Paris’s impressive photographs of wastelands and facades in East Berlin recall the radical transformation this city has undergone since then. It becomes clear that the disintegration of a society has also left its mark on these former rebels. Their lives are still marked by their desire to be different

    Awards

    • Heiner Carow Prize - Berlin IFF

    Festivals

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    Credits

    Cast
    Sven Marquardt
    Dominique Hollenstein
    Robert Paris
    Screenplay
    Annekatrin Hendel
    Cinematography
    Martin Farkas
    Johann Feindt
    Thomas Plenert
    Editing
    Gudrun Steinbrück
    Music
    Robert Lippok
    Production
    IT WORKS MEDIEN GMBH
    Annekatrin Hendel

    Annekatrin Hendel

    Germany

    Born and raised in Berlin, after graduating in design she worked as a freelancer. In 2004 she founded the It Works! film production company in which she works as a director. Her first cinema documentary, VATERLANDSVERRATER, premiered at the 2011 Berlinale and won among others the Grimme Award 2013. Annekatrin Hendel is a member of the German Film Academy.

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