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Marieke Schroeder’s documentary takes us on an intoxicating global tour with languid and stylish barman Charles Schumann, a legendary cocktail connoisseur of the highest order.

To the wider general public, Charles Schumann may not be a household name. But among mixologists and liquorists he’s a demigod, a cocktail connoisseur of the highest order. Arguably Germany’s greatest living bartender, he founded the now-legendary Schumann’s American Bar on Maximilianstrasse in Munich, and he wrote what many regard as the defining book for bartenders, The American Bar. Synonymous with simple yet finely wrought cocktails, Schumann’s Bar soon became the watering hole of choice to an eclectic set of writers, artists, sports stars and other celebrities.

Charles Schumann is a frank, charismatic and highly idiosyncratic personality. And while his is a fascinating life story—he is a former federal border guard, an avid surfer and a much sought-after model—director-producer Marieke Schroeder’s approach in this free-ranging documentary is to avoid a straight-up biography of the living bar legend. Here, Schumann’s personal history takes a backseat to his passion for elevating the art of beverage making and his desire to help barkeepers the world over strive for pure excellence in the hospitality industry.

In a manner that is always languid and stylish, Schumann takes time to chat candidly with colleagues, friends and admirers about the importance of creating the perfect drink while always maintaining a personal mix of elegant reserve and uncanny intuition for what the world wants to drink now.

New York Premiere

Genre Lifestyle
Category Documentary
Director Marieke Schroeder
Cinematography Niv Abootalebi
Producers Marieke Schroeder, Christoph Fisser, Henning Molfenter, Charlie Woebcken
Production Company Thai Media/Munich

Festivals Bergen 2017, Milwaukee 2017,Doc Edge New Zealand 2018

Length 98 min

Marieke Schroeder studied communication sciences, politics and law in Munich and graduated from New York University’s Film Class. She founded her own production company, Thali Media, after a long cooperation with Jan Schmidt-Garre. Schroeder’s documentaries have been shown in more than 24 countries and at film festivals in Berlin, Munich, Leipzig, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Ohio and Monte Carlo and are also available on DVD.

Her achievements include a nomination for the German Film Prize for A WOMAN AND A HALF – HILDEGARD KNEF, a nomination for the Rose d’Or at the Columbus Film Festival as well as a nomination for Classique en images at the Cannes International Film Festival.

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