Berlin Festival Unveils Culinary Cinema Menu

Copyright: Ali Ghandtschi, Geisels Werneckhof, Francesc Guillamet, Paolo Terzi
From From left: Culinary Cinema Chefs Paco Perez, Michael Kempf, Tohru Nakamura, Massimo Bottura, Christian Lohse, Michael Hoffmann

Top European chefs will serve up food inspired by the films from the festival's sidebar.

The Berlin Film Festival has drawn up this year's menu for its popular Culinary Cinema sidebar.

The program features Michelin star chefs, including Michael Hoffmann, Tohru Nakamura, Michael Kempf, Paco Perez, Massimo Bottura and Christian Lohse, preparing meals inspired by the films in this year's lineup.

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These include the Danish documentary Good Things Await, from director Phie Ambo, the story of a simple farmer's fight against bureaucracy, for which Hoffmann will prepare the meal; the four-part Japanese film Little Forest, from Junichi Mori, which will be accompanied by a menu prepared by Kempf; and a meal from Perez, inspired by Jose Luis Lopez-Linares' wine doc Sherry & The Mystery of Palo Cortado.

Berlin's Culinary Cinema program kicks off on Feb. 8 with a tribute to Slow Food pioneers Alice Waters and Carlo Petrini, who will be honored with the Berlinale Camera awards for their contributions to the festival.

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“Not only did Alice Waters and Carlo Petrini give the Berlinale the idea in 2006 that would eventually become the first Culinary Cinema in 2007, they also inspired 'food and film' events in many other countries,” says Berlin Festival director Dieter Kosslick.

As with previous years, the films in the Culinary Cinema section will screen in the festival's main program, followed by the film-inspired meal held at Berlin's Gropius Mirror Restaurant.

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