Thes­sa­loniki doc fes­ti­val adds new sec­tion on food

Kathimerini English - - Focus - SAKIS IOANNIDIS

From molec­u­lar gas­tron­omy to food for soup kitchens, and from the cook­ing re­al­ity shows that have flooded the small screen to the hor­ren­dous con­di­tions un­der which peo­ple work so that we can en­joy a bar of choco­late, food and the im­por­tance it holds in so­ci­ety, the global econ­omy and ev­ery­day life is the sub­ject of a new sec­tion ti­tled “Food vs Food” at the Thes­sa­loniki Doc­u­men­tary Fes­ti­val, run­ning March 3-12.

“Doc­u­men­taries on food are a par­tic­u­larly pop­u­lar sub-cat­e­gory of the gen­eral genre. See­ing the suc­cess of this cat­e­gory of films in Ber­lin, I thought that it was ridicu­lous we didn’t have some­thing sim­i­lar in Thes­sa­loniki, es­pe­cially given the city’s huge tra­di­tion in food,” says the artis­tic di­rec­tor of the par­ent event, the Thes­sa­loniki In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, Orestis An­dreadakis.

Culi­nary cin­ema has been on the menu both at the Ber­li­nale and the film fes­ti­val at San Se­bas­tian – the Span­ish city famed for its vi­brant gas­tro scene – for sev­eral years.

The “Food vs Food” sec­tion in Thes­sa­loniki com­prises nine doc­u­men­taries that re­veal both the bright and less sa­vory sides of food. It in­cludes, for ex­am­ple, a doc­u­men­tary ti­tled “Ants on a Shrimp” that fo­cuses on the soar­ing ca­reer of triple-Miche­lin-starred chef Rene Redzepi of Copen­hagen’s Noma, which will be serv­ing its last meal this month, as well as “The Choco­late Case” on the ex­ploita­tion of chil­dren at African co­coa plan­ta­tions.

In a sim­i­lar vein, “Bit­ter Grapes – Slav­ery in the Vine­yards” ex­poses the work­ing con­di­tions in the South African wine in­dus­try, while “Pri­o­rat” re­lates the suc­cess story of a group of ide­al­ists who trans­formed one of the poor­est parts of Cat­alo­nia, Spain, into an global wine des­ti­na­tion. The new trend of en­to­mophagy – eat­ing bugs – is also on the pro­gram, which fur­ther in­cludes threee Greek en­tries.

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