Berlinale sticks a fork in Culinary lineup

'Food Inc.,' 'Mid-August Lunch' among screenings

COLOGNE, Germany -- The Berlinale has finalized the menu for this year's Culinary Cinema sidebar and the spread is a typical smorgasbord of documentaries and dramas with a meaty cuisine hook.

Now in its third year, Berlin's Culinary Cinema section takes the dinner-and-a-movie concept to the next level, featuring gala screenings of food-themed films followed by meals prepared by some of Europe's finest chefs.

Robert Kenner's "Food Inc.," a documentary based on the best-selling expose of the international food production industry, will open the event Feb. 8. Berlin chef Tim Raue will follow up with a non-mass-produced meal for attendees.

Other highlights this year include Gianni Di Gregorio's "Mid-August Lunch," which will run on a double bill with a meal from Luxembourg chef Lea Linster; the Spanish comedy "Dieta Mediterranea" by Joaquin Oristrell, which has inspired a dish from Kolja Kleeberg of Berlin's hip VAU restaurant and Aida Begic's "Snow," for which chef Hendrik Otto of Vitrum restaurant will whip something up.

"Terra Madre," a documentary on the slow food movement from Italian director Ermanno Olmi, will have its world premiere in Berlin and also will screen in the Culinary Cinema section.

Culinary Cinema runs Feb. 8-13 in Berlin. The 59th Berlinale runs Feb. 5-15.

The complete list of Culinary Cinema films follows:
"Antique," Min Kyu-Dong, Korea
"Dieta mediterranea" (Mediterranean Food), Joaquin Oristrell, Spain
"Food, Inc.," Robert Kenner, U.S.
"Haiti Cherie," Claudio Del Punta, Italy
"Pirate for the Sea," Ron Colby, U.S.
"Pranzo Di Ferragosto" (Mid-August Lunch), Gianni Di Gregorio, Italy
"Snijeg" (Snow), Aida Begc, Bosnia and Herzegovina
"Terra Madre," Ermanno Olmi, Italy
"Nos enfants nous accuseront" (That Should Not Be -- Our Children Will Accuse Us), Jean-Paul Jaud, France
"What's on Your Plate?" Catherine Gund, U.S.