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Documentary film / German premiere

»Schönheit & Vergänglichkeit
(Beauty and Decay)«

A documentary by Annekatrin Hendel
Sven Marquardt
Dominique „Dome“ Hollenstein
Robert Paris

Germany, 79 min
German cinema premiere: Dec 5, 2019


In Berlin, Sven Marquardt is legendary for working as the stone-faced gatekeeper of ultra-exclusive techno club Berghain, but there’s more to the famous bouncer than meets the eye: he also wrote a bestselling autobiography and is an accomplished photographer. Now, as Germany celebrates the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Marquardt revisits his days as a young East German punk. This glimpse of his early career also sees him reunite with his former muse, Dominique Hollenstein, to shoot a new series of portraits, and looks in on the life of his friend Robert Paris, a photographer who moved away from his art and now spends most of the year as a happy family man in India. Moving between observational scenes of Marquardt at work and highlights of his gorgeous black-and-white portrait photography, Beauty and Decay is a fascinating look at three close friends, still giving society the middle finger and ignoring preconceived notions of what it means to age. (Aisha Jamal, Toronto)

Cinema-Tour in Germany

The film will officially start in German cinemas on December 5th, 2019.
From November 29th 2019 on, the director Annekatrin Hendel will embark on a cinema-tour throughout Germany, with film talks and Q&As, accompanied at some dates by Sven Marquardt.


November 29, 2019, 6 pm
Premiere in Berlin: UCI KINOWELT Colosseum
Film talk / Q&A with Annekatrin Hendel & Sven Marquardt

Dec 1, 2019, 5 pm
Hamburg: Abaton
Film talk / Q&A with Annekatrin Hendel & Sven Marquardt

Dec 2, 2019, 6 pm
Hannover: Kinos am Raschplatz
Film talk / Q&A with Annekatrin Hendel & Sven Marquardt

Dec 3, 2019, 8:15 pm
Halle: Luchs Kino
Film talk / Q&A with Annekatrin Hendel

Dec 4, 2019, 7 pm
Leipzig: Passage
Film talk / Q&A with Annekatrin Hendel

Dec 5, 2019, 7 pm
Weimar: Mon Ami
Film talk / Q&A with Annekatrin Hendel & Sven Marquardt

Dec 6, 2019, 8 pm
Potsdam: Thalia
Film talk / Q&A with Annekatrin Hendel & Sven Marquardt

Dec 7, 2019, 8:15 pm
Berlin: Lichtblick
Film talk / Q&A with Annekatrin Hendel

Dec 8, 2019, 3:30 pm
Berlin: Kino am Bundesplatz
Film talk / Q&A with Annekatrin Hendel

Dec 10, 2019, 8 pm
Berlin: Krokodil
Film talk / Q&A with Annekatrin Hendel

Dec 12, 2019, 7:30 pm
Berlin: Tilsiter Lichtspiele
Film talk / Q&A with Annekatrin Hendel

View all screening dates at Real Fiction Filmverleih


Kamera: Martin Farkas, Johann Feindt, Thomas Plenert
Ton: Moritz Springer, Nic Nagel, Frank Bubenzer
Schnitt: Gudrun Steinbrück
Komposition: Robert Lippok
Herstellungsleitung: Heike Günther
Mischung: K13 Studios, Michael Kaczmarek
Sounddesign: Tobias Adam
Original-Tonschnitt: Andreas Vorwerk
Regieassistenz: Lisa Elstermann
Produktionskoordination: Heike Hetmanczik
Postproduction Supervisor: Renè Hendel
Musik/ Songs: Bleibeil

Buch, Regie, Produktion: Annekatrin Hendel

Eine Produktion von IT WORKS! Medien GmbH
in Koproduktion mit dem rbb
Redaktion Jens Stubenrauch
gefördert von Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg, der Bundesbeauftragten für Kultur und Medien, der Kulturellen Filmförderung Meck-Pom und Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig Holstein-Filmwerkstatt Kiel

Further infos:
IT WORKS! Medien GmbH
Real Fiction Filmverleih
Instagram: @schoenheitundvergaenglichkeit
Facebook: schoenheitvergaenglichkeit

Worldpremiere 69. Berlinale-International Filmfestival 2019, Berlinale Panorama
Heiner-Carow-Award of the 69. Berlinale for Annekatrin Hendel

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Helsinki International Film Festival
Festival of German Films Prag/ Tschechien
Filmfestival dokumentArt Neubrandenburg
Biberacher Filmfestival
Filmfestival Ahrenshoop
Kiev Musik Film Festival
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IT WORKS! Medien GmbH

Cinema release Germany: Dec 5, 2019
+ Cinema-Tour (see above): starting Nov 29, 2019


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