Schumanns Bargespräche

Schumann’s Bar Talks
Charles Schumann is the man behind Schumann’s - a writer, model, thinker and traveller in all things to do with bars. At 75 he appears to have seen and done it all: the man from Lower Bavaria first worked as a border guard, later gained experience in discos and bars in southern France before finally opening Schumann’s American Bar in Munich in 1982. Now he is exactly the right age to go, in Schumann’s Bar Talks, on a perambulation through some of the most interesting bars in the world, including the Dead Rabbit in New York, the Hemingway Bar in Paris, El Floridita in Havana and the High Five bar in Tokyo. He explores the secrets of bar culture, meets bar proprietors, the hearts and souls of bars and their chroniclers. During these conversations we begin to realise that each bar is its own small universe which is brought to life every single day in a different way. The clientele changes with the time of day and day of the week but the permanent staff make the place. And so Schumann’s Bar Talks is not only a voyage of discovery to the most beautiful bars in the world, but also to the people who bring them to life.
by Marieke Schroeder
with Charles Schumann
Germany 2016 English, French, Spanish, German 102’ Colour Documentary form


  • Charles Schumann


Written and Directed by Marieke Schroeder
Cinematography Niv Abootalebi
Editing Gaby Kull-Neujahr (BFS)
Music Valentino Betz, Marvin Schuhmann
Sound Rainer Petershagen, Shiho Miyazawa, Ariel Novo, Alex Rubin, Michael Solomon
Sound Design Valentino Betz, Sören Blüthgen
Sound Mixing Eberhard Weckerle
Producer Marieke Schroeder
Co-Producers Christoph Fisser, Henning Molfenter, Charlie Woebcken
Co-Production Studio Babelsberg Berlin
Commissioning Editor Carlos Gerstenhauer, Armin Kratzert, Matthias Leybrand

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Marieke Schroeder

Born in Regensburg, Germany in 1970, she studied communication science in Munich and then film at New York University. She has worked for Bavarian television, the German broadcasters ARD, 3SAT and ZDF, and Pars Media, and also produced the cinematic portrait A Woman and a Half: Hildegard Knef. This film screened at the 2002 Berlinale and was nominated for the German Film Award.

Filmography (selection)

1999 Aïda's Brothers and Sisters: Black Voices in Opera 2002 Reri Grist - Oper ist Theater (Reri Grist - Opera is Theatre) 2003 Legenden - Osho vormals Bhagwan · Still Move (Still Move - Portrait of Saburo Teshigawara) 2004 Joseph Schmidt – Geschichte eines kurzen Lebens (Joseph Schmidt) 2005 Sophie Scholl - Allen Gewalten zum Trotz... · Mozart in Wien (Mozart in Vienna) 2007 Bella Figura - Müssen Sänger dick sein? (Bella Figura - Do Singers Have To Be Fat?) 2008 Stage Light - Stage Fright 2009 Schiller und die Musik (Schiller and Music) 2011 Klatschen – Buhen – Schlafen, die Oper und ihr Publikum 2013 Country Roads - Der Herzschlag Amerikas (Country Roads - The Heartbeat of America) 2014 Richard Strauss - Skizze eines Lebens

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2017