European Film Fests Get a Taste for Berlin's Culinary Cinema Event

San Sebastian film festival and Poland's Transatlantyk to adopt the Berlin International Film Festival event.


LONDON -- The idea behind the Berlinale’s Culinary Cinema event is spreading across Europe. Two international film festivals will cooperate with the Berlin International Film Festival and are adopting both the Culinary Cinema’s philosophy and format.

From August 7-12, “Kino Kulinarne” will be held during the new Transatlantyk Poznan International Film & Music Festival in Poland. Five films have been selected from the Berlinale’s Culinary Cinema’s repertoire for screening

Afterwards Woijech Modest Amaro will cook meals that fit not only the films but also the region and the season. Amaro has worked at the best restaurants in Europe, including El Bulli and Noma. Recently he has been inspired by his roots, and created a new and modern Polish cuisine.

The 59th International Film Festival of San Sebastian, the city with the most Michelin stars in the world, will hold the “Zinema Culinaria” for the first time from Sept. 16-24, 2011.

The series will open with the documentary Mugaritz BSO by Felipe Ugarte and Juantxo Sardon. Along with many friends of Basque oral traditions, musician Felipe Ugarte and Andoni Luis Aduriz, chef of the world famous restaurant Mugaritz, have attempted to fuse music and sensations of taste.

Dieter Kosslick, director of the Berlin International Film Festival, comments on the worldwide response to Culinary Cinema: "The event, which was first presented in 2007 to bring together the worlds of food, film, culture and ecology, is attracting ever more followers internationally. Many filmmakers are investigating this important topic. Like the Berlinale Talent Campus, which in the interim is held in five other countries, and the World Cinema Fund, which backs film productions in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Central and South East Asia as well as the Caucasus, Culinary Cinema is now on its way to an international career.”