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A trip back in time to Prenzlauer Berg in 1993 with Hannes Stöhr

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If you want to travel back to Prenzlauer Berg in 1993, this short movie from Hannes Stöhr might be one of the best ways to go there. A quick trip back into a neighborhood that was still somewhat divided between East and West Berlin.

Called El Pistolero, this is a spontaneous short movie shot on the rare Super 8 black and white film. Directed by Hannes Stöhr, famous for Berlin Calling and One Day in Europe during the early nineties.

This movie is, according to the director, horribly shot and edited. When you watch it, you will agree as well.

If you are looking to travel back in time to Prenzlauer Berg in 1993, this short movie from Hannes Stöhr might be one of the best ways to go there. A short trip back into a neighborhood that was still, somewhat, divided between East and West Berlin.

But we are not here to talk about El Pistolero; we are here to talk about the scenery. We are here to talk about what Prenzlauer Berg in 1993 used to look like.

We don’t remember the old police station on Schönhauser Allee because it was long gone when we moved to Berlin in 2012. But we saw pictures of it, and it looked like what we had imagined East Germany would look like.

Another sight that caught our eye in the movie is the supermarket at Winsstraße. The Kaiser’s supermarket in the corner with its old logo and prices in Deutsche marks is where a chaotic scene gets a few men to their toes. The rooftop in the final stage belongs to Marienburger Str. 8.

Ultimately, this short movie from Hannes Stöhr brings us into a different Berlin, like a time machine. A Berlin where spontaneous short films were being shot in Prenzlauer Berg, a neighborhood still chaotic and not the gentrified place it is today.

Suppose you are curious about the music in the background of El Pistolero. In that case, it is called Inordertodance by Housemeister, and even though this is not our style of music, it fits really well into the overall vibe from that time in Berlin. It was only added in 2008 by the director, but it improved the movie with its nineties anarchist vibe.

We grew up reading about Berlin and wanted to visit so much. It’s too bad we got to the city too late, but we are here to enjoy what we can.

Watch Prenzlauer Berg in 1993 with Hannes Stöhr in his short movie El Pistolero

Felipe Tofani

Felipe Tofani

Felipe Tofani is a passionate designer with a penchant for crafting unique experiences and a mixed taste in music. As the curator behind this blog's explorations, he takes pride in discovering fascinating destinations. Whether unearthing hidden gems or sharing captivating historical narratives, Felipe is the creative force driving the stories you find here. Join him on a journey of design, discovery, and the delightful rhythm of unconventional tunes.View Author posts