Schönheit & Vergänglichkeit

Beauty and Decay
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.
by Annekatrin Hendel
with Sven Marquardt, Dominique (Dome) Hollenstein, Robert Paris
Germany 2019 German 79’ Colour World premiere | Documentary form


  • Sven Marquardt
  • Dominique (Dome) Hollenstein
  • Robert Paris


Written and Directed by Annekatrin Hendel
Cinematography Martin Farkas, Johann Feindt, Thomas Plenert
Editing Gudrun Steinbrück
Music Robert Lippok
Sound Design Michael Kaczmarek
Sound Nic Nagel, Moritz Springer, Tobias Adam
Assistant Director Lisa Elstermann
Producer Annekatrin Hendel

Annekatrin Hendel

Born in East Berlin, she is a writer, director and producer who founded and is managing director of the It Works! production company. She has been a member of the German Film Academy since 2011. Her documentary Vaterlandsverräter premiered in the Perspektive Deutsches Kino section of the Berlinale and won a Grimme Award in the ‘Information and Culture’ category. Her documentary Anderson screened in Panorama in 2014, as did Fünf Sterne (Five Stars) in 2017.

Filmography (selection)

2011 Vaterlandsverräter; documentary, Perspektive Deutsches Kino · Flake - Mein Leben; TV documentary 2014 Anderson; documentary, Panorama 2015 Fassbinder; documentary 2017 Fünf Sterne; documentary, Panorama 2018 Familie Brasch; documentary

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019