A documentary by Adrian Dorschner and Thomas Beyer

Running time 60 min

The “Bowlingtreff” is a bowling alley situated right in the centre of Leipzig opened in July 1987. At that time the quality of life in Leipzig and the whole GDR got worse. Houses collapsed because of poor conditions, public life and amusement was on a very low level.

The “Bowlingtreff” was not merely an urban entertainment centre but a revolution in those days. Built with the help of hundreds of volunteers without permission of the state authorities in Berlin the building expresses a free and international architecture known as postmodernism. It is an architecture that was never seen before in Leipzig. Marble and parquet on the floor, a glass roof and beautiful pink pillars. The atmosphere was western as time witnesses remember it.

This documentary tells the story of this building and the people behind it. Beyond that international experts estimate the postmodern architecture of the “Bowlingtreff” as one of a kind in history. Postmodernism-Icon Denise Scott Brown profoundly evaluates the “Bowlingtreff” as a remarkable sign of the time that anticipates the Zeitgeist of 1989 when people had the bravery to claim for freedom.

This documentary reconnects beautiful file footage with high-end sequences from the “Bowlingtreff” that is abandoned today.


Director Thomas Beyer and Adrian Dorschner
Cinematographer Simone Friedel
2nd Cinematographer Anna Baranowski
Adrian Dorschner
Editing Anna Baranowski
Sound Jana Irmert
Daniel Fischer
Sound design Jana Irmert
Music Alexander Hessel / Büro Böhm
Color Grading Colja Krugmann
Light Thomas Krüger
Sebastian Höhn
Projections René Heinrich
Hannah Sieben
Grip Thomas Krüger
Sebastian Höhn
René Heinrich
Camera Assistance Hannah Sieben
Director Assistance Julia Leser
Special Effects Holger Beyer
Catering Anja Biemann
Translation Sandro Thoma
Anja Biemann
Simone Großer
Production Beyer & Dorschner
Evelyn Wenzel ( MDR )
Daniel Buresch ( NDR )
Additional Footage Volker Kierzkowski
Photographenmeister Martin Weber
Hans Wolfram Kasten
Roger und Renate Rössing
Hermann Walter
Roland Jahn
Siegbert Schefke
Archives Deutsche Fotothek
Deutsches Rundfunkarchiv
Gedenkstätte Museum in der „Runden Ecke“ Leipzig
Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk
Rundfunk Berlin Brandenburg
Sächsisches Staatsarchiv
Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Leipzig
Professional Guidance Silke Schütze
Commissioning Editor Dr. Katja Wildermuth ( MDR )
Eric Friedler ( NDR )
Website Martin Kraetke


Frank Ahlborn, AV-Labor der HGB Leipzig, Ilona Beyer-Dorschner, Rosemarie Beyer, Maria Ercadi, Filmverband Sachsen, Stefan Gööck, Matthias Hasberg, Ulrike Heinemann, Vera Hobrecker, Andreas Horn, Ralph Jordan, Michael Kraus, Georg Kühn, Claudia Lorke, Ingo Lögers, Michael Mahler, Caroline Mehner, Carsten Möller, Conrad Ostwald, Martin Pfeiffer (Kanzlei Wilken Münster/Hamburg), Royal London Bus Leipzig, Stefan Rauchhaus, Susan Scanlon, Jürgen Schellong, Luise Schröder, Carolin Schumann, Ylva Snyckers, Susanne Stenner, Wolfgang Thron, Andreas Weck, Reinhard Wendt, Thomas Wieja, Dörthe Winter

A Beyer & Dorschner production with MDR und NDR

Funded by Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen and Sächsische Landesmedienanstalt


“Bowlingtreff” @ BarBarbette, Karl-Marx-Allee 36, 10178 Berlin
Wednesday, 19th October, 7pm

“Bowlingtreff” to be selected for three more festivals!
New York, Milano, Mainz (D)


# pov I institute for representation and performance

cordially invites you to

BarBarbette, Karl-Marx-Allee 36, 10178 Berlin
Wednesday, 19th October, 7pm


Bowlingtreff at Architecture & Design Film Festival New York
October 2nd 2016, 6:30 pm
At Cinépolis Chelsea, 260 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011, USA

Bowlingtreff at Milano Design Film Festival, Italy
October 6th-9th 2016
Anteo Spazio Cinema, Via Milazzo, 9, 20121 Milano

Bowlingtreff at FILMZ Festival des deutschen Kinos, Mainz, Germany
November 22.-27. 2016
CinéMayence, Schillerstraße 11, 55116 Mainz


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