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Your favorite thing about Berlin?
Currywurst at Imbiss between meetings and screenings.
What’s the one item you always take with you to Berlin?
Lots of instant heat pads from Japan. I can use them, give them away to friends and empty my suitcase at the same time.
Where do the Japanese like to hang out in Berlin?
Cocolo Ramenbar. I went there once with Japanese actress Kaori Momoi after our official screening late at night. The ramen soup warmed us up after a long day of interviews and official events.
(Address: Paul-Lincke–Ufer 39/40, 10999)
What’s your “Berlin nightmare” story?
In 2014, I brought young Japanese filmmaker Ayumi Sakamoto and her team to Berlin for her film Forma. We all shared one apartment together, and someone in the group accidentally locked us into the room somehow, and we couldn’t get out until the Russian housekeeper randomly arrived many hours later. All of our meetings were canceled, and some people seemed to get pretty furious when we explained that “we got trapped in our room.” Later, a couple of us got pickpocketed; one guy lost his passport.
At Berlin you should always…
Eat well in the morning, so you don’t need to search for lunch between meetings and screenings — then sip German beer for lunch.
This story first appeared in The Hollywood Reporter‘s Feb. 18 daily issue at the Berlin International Film Festival.
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