Drifter, a movie about self introspection in Berlin

22-year-old Moritz moves to Berlin to be with his friend. He soon abandons him, after which Moritz goes in search of himself on his own. Drifter is a journey through Berlin and a coming-of-age story at the same time.

Image Credit: ‘Drifter,’ Berlinale

The German filmmaker Hannes Hirsch has made a film with Drifter that shows the queer life of Berlin in an almost documentary-like style. He does this on the basis of 22-year-old Moritz (played by Lorenz Hochhuth), who moves to Berlin to be able to be with his friend. It soon drops him, leaving Moritz to explore the city and all its delights on his own.

Discovery journey

And so Moritz embarks on a journey of discovery through Berlin that is also a search for himself. Is he gay? straight? Is SM for him? Moritz explores it all. According to the maker, his film offers a view of nightlife in which there are no boundaries, but which goes beyond clichés and superficialities.

Love letter

Hirsch calls Drifter “a personal love letter to Berlin’s queer scene.” The film will premiere at the Berlinale International Film Festival. The film can then be seen in London during the BFI Flare Festival, which focuses on LGBTQ films.

Ahead of its Berlinale premiere, you can watch the first full trailer for Hannes Hirsch’s Drifter below:


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