Berlin serves cinematic cuisine

'Being There,' 'Red Obsession' unspool in food sidebar


The Berlinale’s Culinary Cinema sidebar unveiled its showcase of cuisine-inspired pics on Monday, among them Hal Ashby’s classic Hollywood comedy “Being There,” starring Peter Sellers and Shirley MacLaine, and Stefano Sardo’s Italian doc “Slow Food Story,” which chronicles the movement’s global development.

“Dig Your Food — From Field to Fork” is the motto of the 7th Culinary Cinema, which runs Feb. 10 to 15. The sidebar will present 10 pics and six shorts about food, the environment and urban gardening. Following each screening, local star chefs will serve meals inspired by the pics.

“Our Culinary Cinema pleasure garden is freshly stocked,” quipped program curator Thomas Struck.

Titles include Jeremy Seifert’s U.S. doc “GMO OMG”; Amit Gupta’s U.K. title “Jadoo”; Willemiek Kluijfhout’s Dutch-Belgian doc “Mussels in Love,” about the reproductive characteristics of shellfish and their place in the human food chain; and Zhu Xiaoling’s French-Chinese offering, “The Rice Paddy.”

Trevor Graham examines the power of garbanzo beans in the Australian doc “Make Hummus Not War,” while Jesus M. Santos gets serious with “Cuisine as an Agent of Social Change.”

Three more docs round out the main program: Australia’s Warwick Ross and David Roach’s “Red Obsession,” which explores the growing Chinese obsession with Bordeaux; Yung Chang’s Canadian work “The Fruit Hunters” and Andy Heathcote and Heike Bachelier’s U.K.-German co-production “The Moo Man,” about a British dairy farmer’s relationship with his small herd of cows.

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