MANDALA + BERLINALE
IN THE MOVIES
“A good neighborhood can’t just be offices. It needs to be lively, and needs entertainment.”
Lutz Hesse and Christian Andresen say that by far best time of the year for The Mandala Hotel is the Berlinale (Berlin Film Festival), which takes place for ten days each February. Located in the midst of the main festival venues (all the screens are within short walking distance), The Mandala becomes a hub of activity for filmmakers, movie stars, and other industry insiders who want to live in the middle of it all.
“The doors are constantly revolving, and people come in and out, take a nap for an hour, or stay here and invite their colleagues in,” says Hesse. The restaurant and bar are packed with industry people meeting and greeting all day and into the wee hours of the night, and Hesse is quick to add how smart it was that the Berlinale’s venue was moved here from west Berlin for the first time in 2000.
“A good neighborhood can’t just be offices. It needs to be lively, and needs entertainment,” he says. The staff has to be on its best game, but that’s easy, since they love it too—the vibrant time means The Mandala swirls with fabulous energy.