Saint Pauli's Strong Women

a film by Rasmus Gerlach

Saint Pauli's Strong Women

Germany | 2018 | 83:00 min

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St. Pauli’s special flair has attracted many interestingwomen who substantially help in shaping their red-light district as barkeepers, musicians or even nuns.
Rasmus Gerlach met a surprising range of wonderfulwomen for his unusual portrait of St. Pauli, ranging from the burlesque performer Eve Champagne over the legendary barkeeper Ille from the bar Kiez Klause, her young counterpart Betty Kupsa, “Barmaid of the Year 2016”, to Franca Cueno, proprietor of the legendary Italian restaurant which had been founded in the Davidstraße in 1905.
They and many others are whole-heartedly rooting for their Reeperbahn and they share a loving and serene attitude to the colourful goings-on around them. Take, for example, the Livebirds musicians, who came to Hamburg
in the 60s and never left again, even though bass player Mary Dostal initially wanted to become a nun. Together with Bernadette La Hengst, they now provide the film’s soundtrack. And naturally, there’s a real nun as well.
Cast and Crew
  • Director Rasmus Gerlach
  • Producer Rasmus Gerlach
  • Director of Photography Skrollan Alwert, Irene Bude, Oleg Welk, Rasmus Gerlach
  • Editor Rasmus Gerlach
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Production Company
Kinoki GmbH
Wohlersallee36a, 22767 Hamburg

Phone: +49 40 38615441
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