Schumann’s Bar Talks

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Germany | 2017 | 102 minutes | Marieke Schroeder

World-renowned bartender Charles Schumann, the 75-year-old author of the mixology bible "American Bar: The Artistry of Mixing Drinks," explores the history of the cocktail, traveling to New York, Havana, Paris, and Tokyo for intimate discussions and tasty concoctions with the best bartenders at the world's most interesting bars.

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"Dominated by classic jazz, funk, and Latin cuts, the woozily shot doc's score is intoxicating on its own." Ken Eisner - Straight

This explorative documentary follows the world-renowned Bavarian bartender Charles Schumann as he takes audiences to some most prestigious bars on Earth, from New York to Havana and Tokyo. The prescribed liquors from around the world are on full display as we learn about their varied recopies. Known as a cocktail savant, Schumann is a legend to most who call bartending their profession. He's perhaps best known for his best selling book "American Bar: The Artistry of Mixing Drinks" that remains a key influence on modern bar culture. Some of his protegees recount the exacting demands of their teacher: Either do it properly or don't do it at all. Discussions with cocktail historians reveal how the industrial revolution and convergence of populations led to the rise of the cocktail and cocktail culture with its various roots and appeals over time. While in Cuba, Schumann discusses Ernest Hemingway's love of sugarless daiquiris; in Tokyo, he highlights the city's Bar High Five and its Ginza style. There's much to learn and love in this film for all the drink enthusiasts out there, especially if you're looking to spiff up your bar game. Just make sure to watch responsibly.

Director Biography
Beginning her studies in communications and law in Munich to become a foreign correspondent, director and producer Marieke Schroeder later realized her passion for cinematography and founded her own production company, Thali Media. Her first solo project in 1999 centered on the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt and was the springboard of inspiration for her career in documentary filmmaking.

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  • Original Language Title: Schumanns Bargespräche
  • Director: Marieke Schroeder
  • Principal Cast: Charles Schumann, Axel Milberg, J. David Hinze
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Germany
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 102 minutes
  • Producer: Marieke Schroeder, Christoph Fisser, Henning Molfenter, Charlie Woebcken
  • Screenplay: Marieke Schroeder
  • Cinematographers: Niv Abootalebi
  • Editors: Gaby Kull-Neujahr
  • Music: Valentino Betz, Marvin Schuhmann
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English, French, Spanish, German
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Autlook Filmsales GmbH