Magazine article Screen International

Berlin: The Story Behind Philippe Mora Doc 'Monsieur Mayonnaise'

Magazine article Screen International

Berlin: The Story Behind Philippe Mora Doc 'Monsieur Mayonnaise'

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Playing in the Berlinale Culinary Strand from Thursday, Trevor Graham's documentary feature Monsieur Mayonnaise is a lighter look at a dark chapter of history.

The film explores the little-known family background of filmmaker Philippe Mora, director of Dennis Hopper-starring Mad Dog Morgan, in a tale that takes in an escape from Nazi Germany and missions for the French Resistance, where Mora's father was given the code name Monsieur Mayonnaise due to his passion for the condiment.

Graham initially became friends with Mora through social media. Mora was already working on the story of his family's wartime experiences in a comic book format and Graham suggested a documentary charting both that project and Mora's efforts to trace his family's history.

Mora reveals that he had been impressed by Graham's 2012 documentary Make Hummus Not War, a film that managed a light-hearted tone despite being set against the backdrop of the conflicts in the Middle East. …

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