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Berlin International Film Festival’s Culinary Cinema

Berlin International Film Festival’s Culinary Cinema

People find themselves in Germany for many things, whether it’s a hankering for currywurst, a trip to Munich for Oktoberfest, or a walk down the red carpet at the annual Berlin International Film Festival. The festival runs from Feb. 9 to 19, and it's especially notable for its incredibly unique Culinary Cinema section (Feb. 12 to 17), now in its sixth year.

The theme for this year’s culinary cinema program is "Trust in Taste." All 15 films that are being screened will feature food prominently. From bringing together two generations in a family or helping to relive memories long past, there is no doubt that food plays a powerful role in every individual’s life, making it prime fodder for the movies. Dieter Kosslick, director of the Berlin International Film Festival, says the motto is about placing trust in the taste of food and not in what the packaging or label tells us. It’s ultimately about trusting our own sense of taste.

This year’s lineup of culinary cinema will leave viewers hungry for more. Some of the films include Last Call at the Oasis, Canela, Oma & Bella, and Comme un Chef. Last Call at the Oasis, from Academy Award-winning director Jessica Yu, is about the often ignored but urgent global water crisis; Canela is a charming story about a granddaughter’s mission to get her grandmother to regain her passion for food; and Comme un Chef focuses on one chef’s campaign to keep his Michelin stars

despite his restaurant's owner lobbying for a younger chef who’s on trend with molecular gastronomy. Then, Oma & Bella (pictured) is a film by newcomer Alexa Karolinski. It shows the world of two older women who are friends living together in Berlin, after surviving the Holocaust. Their bond is intrinsically tied to the foods they make and eat. (Photo courtesy of Alexa Karolinski)

Check out descriptions and schedules of all 15 films featured in the culinary cinema section of the festival. If you can’t make it to Germany, we suggest keeping an eye out for Whole Foods’ Do Something Reel Film Festival. Although 2012 dates have not yet been announced, the festival has been a success since its start in 2010. Last year, it featured films that explored environmental and sustainability issues in honor of Earth month. More information about the festival can be found on their web site.


Berlin Culinary Cinema starting with Final Recipe

Chefs cooking themed meals include Daniel Achilles, Tim Raue and the Roca brothers.

The Culinary Cinema programme of the 64th Berlinale (Feb 6-16) will open will Gina Kim’s Final Recipe.

The motto of this year’s programme is “We like it hot… but don’t let it burn”.

There are 15 films in the selection, including the world premieres of Diego Luna’s Cesar Chavez (jointly with Berlinale Special programme), Spanish film The Dream by Franc Aleu about the Roca brothers (followed by a meal cooked by them), Sanjay Rawal’s US documentary Food Chains [pictured], and Italian documentaries The Knights of the Lagoon by Walter Bencini and Natural Resistance by Jonathan Nossiter, also shown in Panorama.

“The use of fire and our ability to cook distinguishes us from all other living beings. Yet fire also poses a threat to future generations, for global warming has reached dangerous levels. Let’s do something about it, and leave no stone unturned,” said festival director Dieter Kosslick.

After the screenings in Martin Gropius Bau, chefs including Daniel Achilles, Matthias Diether, Michael Kempf, Tim Raue and the Roca brothers will host meals inspired by the films in the Gropius Mirror restaurant.


Berlin Culinary Cinema starting with Final Recipe

Chefs cooking themed meals include Daniel Achilles, Tim Raue and the Roca brothers.

The Culinary Cinema programme of the 64th Berlinale (Feb 6-16) will open will Gina Kim’s Final Recipe.

The motto of this year’s programme is “We like it hot… but don’t let it burn”.

There are 15 films in the selection, including the world premieres of Diego Luna’s Cesar Chavez (jointly with Berlinale Special programme), Spanish film The Dream by Franc Aleu about the Roca brothers (followed by a meal cooked by them), Sanjay Rawal’s US documentary Food Chains [pictured], and Italian documentaries The Knights of the Lagoon by Walter Bencini and Natural Resistance by Jonathan Nossiter, also shown in Panorama.

“The use of fire and our ability to cook distinguishes us from all other living beings. Yet fire also poses a threat to future generations, for global warming has reached dangerous levels. Let’s do something about it, and leave no stone unturned,” said festival director Dieter Kosslick.

After the screenings in Martin Gropius Bau, chefs including Daniel Achilles, Matthias Diether, Michael Kempf, Tim Raue and the Roca brothers will host meals inspired by the films in the Gropius Mirror restaurant.


Berlin Culinary Cinema starting with Final Recipe

Chefs cooking themed meals include Daniel Achilles, Tim Raue and the Roca brothers.

The Culinary Cinema programme of the 64th Berlinale (Feb 6-16) will open will Gina Kim’s Final Recipe.

The motto of this year’s programme is “We like it hot… but don’t let it burn”.

There are 15 films in the selection, including the world premieres of Diego Luna’s Cesar Chavez (jointly with Berlinale Special programme), Spanish film The Dream by Franc Aleu about the Roca brothers (followed by a meal cooked by them), Sanjay Rawal’s US documentary Food Chains [pictured], and Italian documentaries The Knights of the Lagoon by Walter Bencini and Natural Resistance by Jonathan Nossiter, also shown in Panorama.

“The use of fire and our ability to cook distinguishes us from all other living beings. Yet fire also poses a threat to future generations, for global warming has reached dangerous levels. Let’s do something about it, and leave no stone unturned,” said festival director Dieter Kosslick.

After the screenings in Martin Gropius Bau, chefs including Daniel Achilles, Matthias Diether, Michael Kempf, Tim Raue and the Roca brothers will host meals inspired by the films in the Gropius Mirror restaurant.


Berlin Culinary Cinema starting with Final Recipe

Chefs cooking themed meals include Daniel Achilles, Tim Raue and the Roca brothers.

The Culinary Cinema programme of the 64th Berlinale (Feb 6-16) will open will Gina Kim’s Final Recipe.

The motto of this year’s programme is “We like it hot… but don’t let it burn”.

There are 15 films in the selection, including the world premieres of Diego Luna’s Cesar Chavez (jointly with Berlinale Special programme), Spanish film The Dream by Franc Aleu about the Roca brothers (followed by a meal cooked by them), Sanjay Rawal’s US documentary Food Chains [pictured], and Italian documentaries The Knights of the Lagoon by Walter Bencini and Natural Resistance by Jonathan Nossiter, also shown in Panorama.

“The use of fire and our ability to cook distinguishes us from all other living beings. Yet fire also poses a threat to future generations, for global warming has reached dangerous levels. Let’s do something about it, and leave no stone unturned,” said festival director Dieter Kosslick.

After the screenings in Martin Gropius Bau, chefs including Daniel Achilles, Matthias Diether, Michael Kempf, Tim Raue and the Roca brothers will host meals inspired by the films in the Gropius Mirror restaurant.


Berlin Culinary Cinema starting with Final Recipe

Chefs cooking themed meals include Daniel Achilles, Tim Raue and the Roca brothers.

The Culinary Cinema programme of the 64th Berlinale (Feb 6-16) will open will Gina Kim’s Final Recipe.

The motto of this year’s programme is “We like it hot… but don’t let it burn”.

There are 15 films in the selection, including the world premieres of Diego Luna’s Cesar Chavez (jointly with Berlinale Special programme), Spanish film The Dream by Franc Aleu about the Roca brothers (followed by a meal cooked by them), Sanjay Rawal’s US documentary Food Chains [pictured], and Italian documentaries The Knights of the Lagoon by Walter Bencini and Natural Resistance by Jonathan Nossiter, also shown in Panorama.

“The use of fire and our ability to cook distinguishes us from all other living beings. Yet fire also poses a threat to future generations, for global warming has reached dangerous levels. Let’s do something about it, and leave no stone unturned,” said festival director Dieter Kosslick.

After the screenings in Martin Gropius Bau, chefs including Daniel Achilles, Matthias Diether, Michael Kempf, Tim Raue and the Roca brothers will host meals inspired by the films in the Gropius Mirror restaurant.


Berlin Culinary Cinema starting with Final Recipe

Chefs cooking themed meals include Daniel Achilles, Tim Raue and the Roca brothers.

The Culinary Cinema programme of the 64th Berlinale (Feb 6-16) will open will Gina Kim’s Final Recipe.

The motto of this year’s programme is “We like it hot… but don’t let it burn”.

There are 15 films in the selection, including the world premieres of Diego Luna’s Cesar Chavez (jointly with Berlinale Special programme), Spanish film The Dream by Franc Aleu about the Roca brothers (followed by a meal cooked by them), Sanjay Rawal’s US documentary Food Chains [pictured], and Italian documentaries The Knights of the Lagoon by Walter Bencini and Natural Resistance by Jonathan Nossiter, also shown in Panorama.

“The use of fire and our ability to cook distinguishes us from all other living beings. Yet fire also poses a threat to future generations, for global warming has reached dangerous levels. Let’s do something about it, and leave no stone unturned,” said festival director Dieter Kosslick.

After the screenings in Martin Gropius Bau, chefs including Daniel Achilles, Matthias Diether, Michael Kempf, Tim Raue and the Roca brothers will host meals inspired by the films in the Gropius Mirror restaurant.


Berlin Culinary Cinema starting with Final Recipe

Chefs cooking themed meals include Daniel Achilles, Tim Raue and the Roca brothers.

The Culinary Cinema programme of the 64th Berlinale (Feb 6-16) will open will Gina Kim’s Final Recipe.

The motto of this year’s programme is “We like it hot… but don’t let it burn”.

There are 15 films in the selection, including the world premieres of Diego Luna’s Cesar Chavez (jointly with Berlinale Special programme), Spanish film The Dream by Franc Aleu about the Roca brothers (followed by a meal cooked by them), Sanjay Rawal’s US documentary Food Chains [pictured], and Italian documentaries The Knights of the Lagoon by Walter Bencini and Natural Resistance by Jonathan Nossiter, also shown in Panorama.

“The use of fire and our ability to cook distinguishes us from all other living beings. Yet fire also poses a threat to future generations, for global warming has reached dangerous levels. Let’s do something about it, and leave no stone unturned,” said festival director Dieter Kosslick.

After the screenings in Martin Gropius Bau, chefs including Daniel Achilles, Matthias Diether, Michael Kempf, Tim Raue and the Roca brothers will host meals inspired by the films in the Gropius Mirror restaurant.


Berlin Culinary Cinema starting with Final Recipe

Chefs cooking themed meals include Daniel Achilles, Tim Raue and the Roca brothers.

The Culinary Cinema programme of the 64th Berlinale (Feb 6-16) will open will Gina Kim’s Final Recipe.

The motto of this year’s programme is “We like it hot… but don’t let it burn”.

There are 15 films in the selection, including the world premieres of Diego Luna’s Cesar Chavez (jointly with Berlinale Special programme), Spanish film The Dream by Franc Aleu about the Roca brothers (followed by a meal cooked by them), Sanjay Rawal’s US documentary Food Chains [pictured], and Italian documentaries The Knights of the Lagoon by Walter Bencini and Natural Resistance by Jonathan Nossiter, also shown in Panorama.

“The use of fire and our ability to cook distinguishes us from all other living beings. Yet fire also poses a threat to future generations, for global warming has reached dangerous levels. Let’s do something about it, and leave no stone unturned,” said festival director Dieter Kosslick.

After the screenings in Martin Gropius Bau, chefs including Daniel Achilles, Matthias Diether, Michael Kempf, Tim Raue and the Roca brothers will host meals inspired by the films in the Gropius Mirror restaurant.


Berlin Culinary Cinema starting with Final Recipe

Chefs cooking themed meals include Daniel Achilles, Tim Raue and the Roca brothers.

The Culinary Cinema programme of the 64th Berlinale (Feb 6-16) will open will Gina Kim’s Final Recipe.

The motto of this year’s programme is “We like it hot… but don’t let it burn”.

There are 15 films in the selection, including the world premieres of Diego Luna’s Cesar Chavez (jointly with Berlinale Special programme), Spanish film The Dream by Franc Aleu about the Roca brothers (followed by a meal cooked by them), Sanjay Rawal’s US documentary Food Chains [pictured], and Italian documentaries The Knights of the Lagoon by Walter Bencini and Natural Resistance by Jonathan Nossiter, also shown in Panorama.

“The use of fire and our ability to cook distinguishes us from all other living beings. Yet fire also poses a threat to future generations, for global warming has reached dangerous levels. Let’s do something about it, and leave no stone unturned,” said festival director Dieter Kosslick.

After the screenings in Martin Gropius Bau, chefs including Daniel Achilles, Matthias Diether, Michael Kempf, Tim Raue and the Roca brothers will host meals inspired by the films in the Gropius Mirror restaurant.


Berlin Culinary Cinema starting with Final Recipe

Chefs cooking themed meals include Daniel Achilles, Tim Raue and the Roca brothers.

The Culinary Cinema programme of the 64th Berlinale (Feb 6-16) will open will Gina Kim’s Final Recipe.

The motto of this year’s programme is “We like it hot… but don’t let it burn”.

There are 15 films in the selection, including the world premieres of Diego Luna’s Cesar Chavez (jointly with Berlinale Special programme), Spanish film The Dream by Franc Aleu about the Roca brothers (followed by a meal cooked by them), Sanjay Rawal’s US documentary Food Chains [pictured], and Italian documentaries The Knights of the Lagoon by Walter Bencini and Natural Resistance by Jonathan Nossiter, also shown in Panorama.

“The use of fire and our ability to cook distinguishes us from all other living beings. Yet fire also poses a threat to future generations, for global warming has reached dangerous levels. Let’s do something about it, and leave no stone unturned,” said festival director Dieter Kosslick.

After the screenings in Martin Gropius Bau, chefs including Daniel Achilles, Matthias Diether, Michael Kempf, Tim Raue and the Roca brothers will host meals inspired by the films in the Gropius Mirror restaurant.


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