Seven films that deal in some way with aspects related to gastronomy will be screened in the Culinary Zinema section organised by the San Sebastian International Film Festival and the Basque Culinary Center.
The seven works are productions from Argentina, Canada, South Korea, Spain, France, Japan and Singapore and all of them will be accompanied by a dinner at the Faculty of Gastronomy in San Sebastian.
The series of films opens on September 22nd with the screening of the Argentinian filmmaker Alfred Oliveri’s documentary “Tegui: A Family Affair”, which follows the adventures of Argentina’s top chef, Germán Martitegui.
Eric Khoo’s Singapore-based fiction film “Ramen Shop” is screened the following day at the Culinary Cinema section of the Berlin Film Festival.
The series will also feature the Spanish film “Y en cada lenteja un Dios”, in which Miguel Ángel Jiménez tells the story behind L’Escaleta, a family restaurant with two Michelin stars, while the documentary “Jaén, virgen & extra”, by José Luis López-Linares, who also won a Goya for “Un instante en la vida ajena” (2003), focuses on the value of the Picual, an emblematic olive from Jaén that’s historically undervalued.
South Korea is represented by Yim Soon-Rye’s “Little Forest”. Yim, a well-known filmmaker in her home country, tells the story of a troubled young girl who returns to her hometown and gains a new appetite for life, values and food.
The series also includes “The Heat: A Kitchen (R)Evolution” by Canadian filmmaker Maya Gallus, which opened this year’s Hot Docs festival with this documentary about innovative female chefs running restaurants like Anne Sophie Pic, Angela Hartnett and Anita Lo.
Lastly, the series closes with “Bihar Dok 13”, by Aitor Bereziartua and Ander Iriarte, where several students from the Basque Culinary Center travel back in time to create a menu inspired by the Basque artistic movement of the 1960s, including the Gaur group and the Ez Dok Amairu movement