Garden Of Stars

A film by Pasquale Plastino, Stéphane Riethauser


Once upon a time, there was an old cemetery in Berlin, where the Grimm Brothers are resting in peace.

In this enchanted garden, Ichgola Androgyn (alias Bernd Bossmann, man/woman cabaret artist, gay /AIDS activist) runs Germany’s first cemetery café. As an undertaker, Ichgola focuses on stillborn babies. For these so-called “Star Kids”, he created a corner with thousands of flowers, pinwheels, elves, fairies, angels and teddy bears watching over the graves, where parents can find an individual spot for their lost child.
Next to them, many men who wrote key chapters of the Berlin gay liberation movement are resting, victims of the AIDS epidemic. In one of Europe’s most colorful cemetery, the funerary culture suddenly takes a new dimension, and life is celebrated with all its mysteries.
In counterpoint to the story of the Garden of Stars, the legendary transsexual voice of Zazie de Paris tells us Grimm’s famous fairy tale “Godfather Death”.
Produced by missingFILMs and Lambda Prod


  • Documentaries

  • Documentary
Original title
Garten der Sterne
  • Germany, Switzerland
  • 2016
  • 52’ - 61’ min.
  • Available in Full HD
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English

Directed by

  • Pasquale Plastino
  • Stéphane Riethauser

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