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Food-related film at the Berlin International Film Festival

February 9, 2006

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Pack up your yurt, we’re moving to the steppes of Berlin for a week, where it’s much colder than it was in Rotterdam, and where a yurt will come in handy. The craziness begins today at the Berlinale, the Berlin International Film Festival. Culiblog will be attending the madness for an entire week, from Saturday the 11th until the 19th, reporting on all food-related films and presentations.

This year there is a glut of food-related film because aside from the regular programme, food, hunger and taste are the subject of the Berlinale Talent Campus, a platform within the Berlinale festival. The Berlinale Talent Campus creates opportunities for young filmmakers to meet with les eminences grises from the film industry and the folks from the more active side of food and food culture as well. Alice Waters, Vandana Shiva, Carlo Petrini will all be there.

Once again, I’ve created a culiblog food-related film selection culled form the entire Berlinale programme for those willing to move beyond Babette’s Feast. Oh dear, it’s 2006 and they’re actually showing Babette’s Feast!

The culiblog selection at the the 56th International Berlinale Film Festival:

And what will I be doing in my mornings and on Wednesday and Thursday? Lolling about and slacking off? Why I’ll be re-viewing the thirty-two (32!) short films on food, hunger and taste at the Berlinale Talent Campus, chit-chatting with the directors, watching the odd non food-related film.

You’ll be needing these links as well:

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  1. Wow that’s quite a lineup. I wish I could go to the Berlin film festival. (Looks like they have great films that aren’t about food, too. How do you manage it?)

    Comment by mzn — February 9, 2006 @ 14:50

  2. I just recently found your blog, I believe from a link on 101 Cookbooks. I just wanted to say I definitely appreciate your writings, and am truly enjoying each post.

    Comment by Christiane — February 9, 2006 @ 15:10

  3. Wingflapping all around Christiane. Thank you.

    Comment by Debra — February 9, 2006 @ 15:21

  4. Well Michael, I would like to tell you it was a piece of cake, but that would be lying.

    It was a piece of cake.

    Comment by Debra — February 9, 2006 @ 15:23

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    Comment by Grammar Nazi — February 10, 2006 @ 23:58

  6. I stand corrected - and indeed I, and everyone I know use this term incorrectly. Which word with good ‘mouth feel’ would you suggest to describe these folk. Established, arrogant men in their late 50’s, with a massive sense of entitlement, narrowed view, assimiliation of new ideas has all but stopped for some years. Does not mean to imply that they don’t deserve their position and respect, just that their brain has stopped development and is no longer aware of what is contemporary. Ludditic, guru-like, dismissive.

    Now that’s too many words to describe… BLANK.

    Fortunately you’re not one of them.

    Comment by Debra — February 13, 2006 @ 12:57

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