At 75, Charles Schumann appears to have seen and done it all. The man from southern Germany first worked as a border guard, then later gained experience in discos and bars in southern France before finally opening Schumann’s American Bar in Munich in 1982. Now he perambulates through some of the most fascinating bars in New York, Paris, Havana and Tokyo. Schumann explores the secrets of bar culture, uncovering the hearts and souls of bars and their chroniclers.
He discovers that each bar is its own small universe, brought to life every single day in a different way. The clientele changes with the time of day and the day of the week — it’s the staff who bring a bar to life.
— The Berlinale, Germany
— Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada