Beauty and Decay


Scotiabank Theatre 3 Fri, Apr 26, 2019 8:30 PM
TIFF Lightbox 1 Sat, Apr 27, 2019 1:15 PM
Scotiabank Theatre 13 Sun, May 5, 2019 6:30 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Germany
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:Artscapes
Film Subjects:Music & Musicians
Popular Culture
Visual Artists, Art & Photography
Western & Central Europe
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Annekatrin Hendel
Producer(s):Annekatrin Hendel
Editor(s):Gudrun Steinbr├╝ck
Writer(s):Annekatrin Hendel
Cinematography:Martin Farkas
Thomas Plenert
Johann Feindt
Composer:Robert Lippok
Sound:Nic Nagel


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

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