Gabriela Bacher, CEO of Berlin-based Film House Germany and managing director of Summerstorm Entertainment, knows the Berlinale better than most. “I knew it even before Dieter Kosslick ran it — as a student growing up in Vienna, when the headquarters were in the Bikini building,” she recalls. Now working mainly from her firms’ L.A. outpost, she arrives in town ready to make production deals and indulge her love of fine food.
I’m a bit like Dieter — I’m thankful he’s a more sophisticated food nerd than I am — (in that) I love “slow food” that’s organic and locally sourced, so I love what he does with the Berlinale Street Food Market, that little food truck alley outside of the Berlinale Palast. There’s another very funky new place I enjoy called Industry Standard in Neukoelln, and then there’s the complete opposite: Borchardt, an established place that’s beloved and legendary.
Borchardt is always good for industry talk, with a fantastic staff and the greatest maitre d’, Ulf, whose welcoming smile is incredibly soothing when you go through all of these feverish Berlin nights. Industry Standard has this typical Berlin mix — a Mexican restaurateur with a famous Finnish chef and some Berlin hipsters who make crazy good food, with way-out-there pairings like bone marrow with mussels. It sounds gross — it’s delicious! The Street Food Market is a low-key place to have a quick meal in between meetings. The food is mainly from this fabulous new institution, Markthalle Neun, and you can have incredible pulled pork, barbecue ribs and spaetzle from the Alps.
I try to make it about quality, not quantity, but the days are super-full. We are a production company and our core team is rather small, but on the pictures that we are actively selling, we always work with the sales companies to support them.
On the market
The Film House Germany slate includes “The Feud,” directed by Steven C. Miller and starring Kellan Lutz, with Highland Film Group handling international sales; and “The Kaiser’s Last Kiss,” directed by David Leveaux, starring Lily James and Jai Courtney, with Lotus Entertainment handling international sales.
Sonnenallee 83, Neukoelln
+49 (0) 30 62 72 77 32
Franzosische Str. 47
+49 (0)30 81 88 62 62
Berlinale Street Food Market
Joseph-von-Eichendorff-Gasse (off Alte Potsdamer Str.)