Magazine article Screen International

Berlinale Serves Up 'Culinary' Selection

Magazine article Screen International

Berlinale Serves Up 'Culinary' Selection

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The world premiere of Amit Gupta's Jadoo is to feature in the line-up of Culinary Cinema - the food and environmental strand of the Berlin International Film Festival.

Returning for its seventh year, this year's strand will comprise 16 films including Gupta's British comedy about rival Indian restaurants alongside five other world premieres (see below).

The line-up will also include Hal Ashby's 1979 classic Being There, which has been selected because Peter Sellers plays a gardener.

The five-day festival will also include meals provided by star chefs, who are encouraged to use the films of that day as the basis of their cuisine. Festival director Dieter Kosslick said: "We show films that stimulate the appetite.

"Afterwards, we serve food prepared by top chefs who have been watching the films themselves. During dessert, there is a talk about the issues the film raised. In the late screenings, by contrast, we often show films that rather spoil one's appetite as they look closely at the often disastrous state of food production."

This year, Culinary Cinema's theme is gardening and its motto is "Dig Your Food - From Field to Fork". Programme curator Thomas Struck added: "Our Culinary Cinema pleasure garden is freshly stocked. Many of this year's films include some aspect of gardening, be it concretely or figuratively,"

The strand will run from Feb 10-15 at Berlin's Martin-Gropius-Bau.Films in Culinary Cinema 2013

Being There - USA 1979By Hal AshbyWith Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas, Jack Warden

Couscous Island- ItalyBy Francesco Amato, Stefano ScarafiaDocumentaryWorld Premiere

GMO OMG- USABy Jeremy SeifertDocumentaryWorld premiere

Green Porno Season Two - USA 2008By Isabella Rossellini, Jody Shapiro

Haleema- GermanyBy Boris SchaarschmidtWith Dara Iruka, Dani Dare, Peres Owino, Samba Schutte, Larry ThigpenWorld Premiere

Jadoo- Great BritainBy Amit GuptaWith Amara Karan, Harish Patel, Kulvinder Ghir, Tom MisonWorld Premiere

Kitchen Dreams - SpainBy Felipe UgarteWith Naia Ugarte Gillis, Julieta CarusoInternational Premiere

L'Amour des Moules(Mussels in Love) - Netherlands/BelgiumBy Willemiek KluijfhoutDocumentaryGerman Premiere

La Rizière (The Rice Paddy) - France/People's Republic of ChinaBy Zhu XiaolingWith Yang Yingqiu, Yang Xiaoyuan, Wu Shenming, O Xuexin, Shi GuangjinGerman Premiere

Make Hummus Not War- AustraliaBy Trevor GrahamDocumentaryInternational Premiere

CPerú sabe: La cocina, arma social (Cuisine as an Agent of Social Change) - Peru/SpainBy Jesús M. …

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