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Food-related film at the IDFA

November 20, 2006

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You would be wise to print this simultaneously with the programme of the Shadow Festival if you want to plan your days and nights between the 21st of November and the 3rd of December 2006.

22 films in this year’s the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) are food-related. 3 of the Shadow Festival’s films are food-related. That’s only 25 films we have to see in just 13 days. Piece of cake.

By food-related I mean films in which food is depicted as being inextricably linked to the cultural narrative. The comprehensive list from the IDFA is in alphabetical order, which I know is crazy, but I’m simply not logistically inclined. I will do my best to see (and review!) a goodly portion of this list. If you want to help me out, let me link to your review, let me interview you because you’re the director of one of these films and / or meet in between the delicious hecticity, drop me a line, we’ll drink a glass of wine.

One film that really captured my heart at last year’s (Feb 2006) Berlinale Film Festival and one which I cannot recommend highly enough is Ben Hopkins 37 Uses For a Dead Sheep. This documentary is exemplary of food-related in the culiblog sense of the word.

(Programme notes cut paste cut courtesy of the IDFA website.)

Thank Gawd for food-related film that is so much more than romantic comedy with gratuitous food porn and gluttony as a metaphor for sexual passion.

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  1. What a wonderful list of offerings :) We have something similar in my country, called the European Film Festival, alas no food-related films though :(

    Comment by The TriniGourmet — November 22, 2006 @ 8:22

  2. hey debra, is there anyway that i can see any of these ……….?am very keen on seeing them……

    Comment by neha — April 16, 2007 @ 8:13

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