Berlin Bouncer: A Movie About 3 of Berlin’s Most Famous Club Bouncers

Berlin Bouncer: A Movie About 3 of Berlin’s Most Famous Club Bouncers

Finally! The feared and mystified bouncers of the infamous Berlin club scene are featured in their own film! Didn’t you always want to know what a bouncer is like in daily life? Director David Dietl accompanied three well-known bouncers, Frank Künster, Sven Marquardt and Smiley Baldwin, for a while to give us a glimpse behind the curtains of the people that you usually have a very one-sided conversation with – “bitte” or “heute leider nicht”.

Berlin Bouncer tells the story of the development of Berlins nightlife and fills us in about the good and the ugly parts of its history. From the Fall of the Wall until today, Berlin’s party scene has changed and evolved dramatically. Who has witnessed it more up close and personal than Berlin’s club bouncers? Dietl takes us far beyond the party scene, deep into the story of each protagonist and into their daily lives.

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10 Berlin Exhibition Highlights Not to Miss this Winter

10 Berlin Exhibition Highlights Not to Miss this Winter

Berlin has such a large variety of art exhibitions to indulge in, that sometimes it can get quite overwhelming to decide where to go and what to see! We have curated a list of unusual exhibitions that we want to bring to your attention, some of those you might not have heard of yet. Ranging from the celebratory events of 100 years of Bauhaus, over mixed media to sonic sound explorations. This list will broaden your perception, we promise 😉

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Tracing Berlin’s Appeal A Hundred Years Back

Tracing Berlin’s Appeal A Hundred Years Back

After one particular night of slow dancing that ultimately resulted in me exploring the contents of somebody’s nightstand the next morning, a book was lent to me. Although this incident happened well over a year ago, I just somehow never got past the cover. Last month I thought that the Christmas break would be as good a time as any to give those pages a go.

The book, The World of Yesterday: Memoirs of a European by Stefan Zweig, is most definitely an excellent piece of literature, delineating, among other things, the concept of a European identity and its crisis during both of the world wars. Which makes it a very important work, especially relevant in the turbulent times of growing right-wing extremism and Brexit.

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Love in Berlin: Intimate Portraits of Berlin Couples

Love in Berlin: Intimate Portraits of Berlin Couples

The intimate photography project comecloser.berlin is the creation of Berlin-based photographer Julia Liebisch and captures the dynamic of a variety of different couples from Berlin. Her curiosity and devotion towards authentic documentary photography lead her towards the idea of capturing people’s most precious possession – the love towards their significant other. She is devoted to capturing real life and imperfect stories, far away from the staged images, our eyes are already very used to daily on advertisement and social media.

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Let’s Take a Day Off and Celebrate Women

Let’s Take a Day Off and Celebrate Women

The Berlin Senate has declared ‘Women’s Day’ at the 8th of March a public holiday. This is groundbreaking and about time!

“Today is a very big sign that we are making progress on the road to equality between men and women,” said Derya Caglar, spokeswoman on equality policy for the SPD, in a press statement. Once a year, on March 8th, all people will be reminded that women are still not equal in our society. Read on…

Berlin Artist Philipp Scherer Talks About His Work on Game of Thrones & Unseen Westeros

Berlin Artist Philipp Scherer Talks About His Work on Game of Thrones & Unseen Westeros

This week the city of Berlin is going to host a unique exhibition called Unseen Westeros, which is going to drive all Games of Thrones fans crazy. Forty artists from the art departments of the iconic series have been working together for three years to present you something special. Are you ready to find out about the origins of Westeros and see all the places from the books that have so far remained undiscovered in the TV show?

Being big fans of Games of Thrones, we could not miss the chance to get in touch with the organizers. That’s why we decided to interview Philipp Scherer, who is not only one of the creative minds behind this amazing exhibition but also one of the concept artists who has been working for almost all seasons of Game of Thrones. He shared stories and experiences with us, and it was pretty interesting and inspiring!

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A Drink at the Opera – Photos from Cocktails & Movies with Staatsoper Berlin

A Drink at the Opera – Photos from Cocktails & Movies with Staatsoper Berlin

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How does the Apocalypse taste? What would you like to drink on the last night before the world ended? Maybe your choice would be Champagne? Or would it be a refined cocktail with a wildflower swimming in it?

The newest production Violetter Schnee by Staatsoper Unter den Linden is all about the end of the world. Five people are trapped inside a bunker and when they leave it to see if the world is alright they discover they are doomed forever.

The opera is inspired by the cult movie Solaris from Andrei Tarkowski where 3 men float in space around an enigmatic planet called Solaris. Since this movie from the 70s is rarely shown in public, together with Staatsoper we decided to create a unique night to present this nostalgic piece of cinematic art.

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21 Gramm: The Beautiful Cafe in a Former Chapel in Neukölln

21 Gramm: The Beautiful Cafe in a Former Chapel in Neukölln

I guess everyone has a few very personal routines in their daily life, that they are very particular about. Little details that just spark a little bit of happiness. May it be the joy of using the same colorful little teacup every morning, wearing your favorite shoes to work or listening to the right song while sitting on your favorite spot by the door. I personally am very particular where I go to enjoy my coffee. Mostly before work or at lunch. The place has to be friendly, cozy, unpretentious and yet unique – topped by a tasty cappuccino!

The other day I was walking on Hermanstraße when I discovered a beautiful brick stone building, that had a sign next to it saying “21 Gramm”. It pointed toward a cozy courtyard, away from the busy street. Following that sign, little did I know that I was about to discover the most unusual café on Hermannstraße. Pushing the curtains at the entrance aside, you unexpectedly uncover a spacious room, with beautiful high ceilings and large columns that are connected by graceful bows. This unusual space has got all the atmosphere you could possibly wish for in a café. I knew immediately: This was the place I would sit down and enjoy my coffee!

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Berlin, I Love You – But Not So Sure About This Movie

Berlin, I Love You – But Not So Sure About This Movie

Yesterday, a new movie trailer made the rounds and had Berliners shocked and shaken. I’m talking about the Berlin, I Love You film starring Keira Knightly, Helen Mirren, Mickey Rourke.

To give you the facts first: The film is a continuation of the Paris, Je T’aime and New York, I Love You format that is basically a string of unrelated love stories happening in one place and shining the light on the biggest, tackiest cliches of the respective city. Each story is like an episode and it has different, directors, cast and crew. The Berlin one has Chinese artist Ai Weiwei (who directed his episode remotely via Skype back in 2015), as well as German actor/director Till Schweiger and Dani Levy in the line-up of directors. Further famous actors include Luke Wilson, Orlando Bloom, Patrick Dempsey, Renée Zellweger, as well as German actors Sibil Kekilli, Hannelore Elsner, Robert Stadlober and German supermodel Toni Garrn.

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The Symphony of Berlin Streets: 24h in a Mini Berlin

The Symphony of Berlin Streets: 24h in a Mini Berlin

Are you curious to spy what happens on the streets of a miniature Berlin on a single day? The six-minute long Minilook Berlin video will give you the chance to be an external spectator who checks out a teensy Berlin from the sky.
After the stunning Little Big Berlin video  we felt the need to experience once again the fascinating urban atmosphere of these incredible city streets. This time as well, everything you are expecting will be served: grey skies, crowded roundabouts, and of course Berliners running around like proper ants.

The Minilook Berlin project is realized by Efim Graboy and Daria Turetski using 42,069 still photos. It was made during the past 2 years with help from Berlin people and their balconies.

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