Berlinale: Berlinale Camera

The Berlinale Camera

Every year, by awarding the Berlinale Camera, the Berlinale pays tribute to personalities and institutions that have made a unique contribution to film and to whom the festival feels especially close. This way, the Berlinale expresses its gratitude to those who have become great friends and supporters of the festival.

At the 65th Berlin International Film Festival, food activists and Slow Food founders Alice Waters and Carlo Petrini will be presented with the Berlinale Camera. The presentation will take place on February 8, 2015, as part of the Culinary Cinema kickoff.

Alice Waters, author, cook and “food revolutionary” (New York Times) named her legendary Berkeley restaurant “Chez Panisse” after Honoré Panisse, a character in Marcel Pagnol’s “Marseille trilogy” films. Alice Waters discovered European food culture during her studies in France. Upon returning to Berkeley she got involved in the political student movement and opened “Chez Panisse” in 1971. Numerous artists of all disciplines have since gathered there, especially filmmakers such as Wim Wenders, Jean-Luc Godard or Werner Herzog, who also staged a performance there in 1980. Other frequent guests are American film personalities such as Francis Ford Coppola and Jake Gyllenhaal, and opera director Peter Sellars. In 1995 Alice Waters began the Edible Schoolyard, a model public education programme in which the growing, harvesting, and cooking of food is integrated into the school curriculum, and students are brought into a new relationship to food. In the 20 years since the programme’s founding, like-minded edible education initiatives, kitchen classrooms, and school gardens have been founded around the world, including a vegetable garden established by Michelle Obama at the White House. Alice Waters has authored many books, including her classic cookbook “The Art of Simple Food,” which was translated into German in 2013 (published by Prestel).

Carlo Petrini is the founder of the Slow Food movement that began in the 1980s in northern Italy. Since its inception, it has protested against the increasing industrialisation of agriculture and the displacement of small restaurant and hotel businesses by fast food restaurants. Petrini defined the quality of food with his “good, clean, fair” formula: good taste, clean without pesticides and fair pay for producers. Numerous organisations grew from Slow Food, including the University of Gastronomic Sciences (UNISG) and the global network of non-industrial food producers Terra Madre. Carlo Petrini has authored a number of books, among them „Terra Madre – Forging a new Global Network of Sustainable Food Communities” for whose German edition Dieter Kosslick wrote a foreword. Petrini’s most recent publication is “Food & Freedom”.

The presentation of the Berlinale Camera to Alice Waters and Carlo Petrini will take place during the Culinary Cinema opening event on Sunday, February 8, 2015. The event will begin with a film screening at 7.30 pm in the cinema of the Martin Gropius Bau, and continue at the “Gropius Mirror” restaurant with a dinner and the presentation. Director of the Berlinale Dieter Kosslick will hold the laudatory speech in honour of the recipients.

Berlinale Camera

The Berlinale Camera has been awarded since 1986. Until 2003, it was donated by Berlin-based jeweller David Goldberg. From 2004 through 2013, Georg Hornemann Objects, a Dusseldorf-based atelier, sponsored the trophy, which goldsmith Hornemann redesigned for the Berlinale in 2008: Modelled on a real camera, the Berlinale Camera now has 128 finely crafted components. Many of these silver and titanium parts, such as the swivel head and tripod, are movable.