Berlinale: Culinary Cinema

Culinary Cinema

Food, pleasure and the environment – these are the topics that lie at the centre of the Culinary Cinema.

Every year, the Culinary Cinema shows about around twelve current features, documentaries and short films that deal with food. The films are selected according to their thematic and cinematic qualities. Films screened in previous years included: Chef’s Table (Netflix Series), Sergio Herman, FUCKING PERFECT von Willemiek Kluijfhout, El Somni by Frank Aleu with the Roca brothers, Food Chains by Sanjay Rawal, César Chávez by Diego Luna, Comme un chef by Daniel Cohen with Jean Reno, También la lluvia (Even the Rain) by Icíar Bollaín with Gael García Bernal, Io Sono L’Amore (I Am Love) by Luca Guadagnino with Tilda Swinton or Food, Inc. by Robert Kenner.

The films from the main programme at 7.30 pm are followed by a top chef’s menu, inspired by the night’s film, at the Gropius Mirror Restaurant. The top chefs of the past years have been for example: Daniel Achilles, Andoni Luis Aduriz, Massimo Bottura, Bobby Bräuer, Sonja Frühsammer, Michael Hoffmann, Michael Kempf, Lea Linster, Christian Lohse, Tohru Nakamura, Paco Pérez, Cornelia Poletto, die Roca Brüder and Tim Raue. Excellent wines from the regions Rheinhessen, Pfalz, Mosel and Württemberg are served. During the dessert-time there is a discussion between the members of the film team and the experts on the topic.

In the late screenings at 10.00 pm current films on food issues are shown. Afterwards, the Gropius Mirror Restaurant, opposite the Martin-Gropius-Bau, is open to everyone until 2.00 am.

More events

At "TeaTime" at 4.30 pm, the Gropius Mirror hosts possibly book presentations, panel discussions and tastings.

On the morning of the last day, there is an event for young people, reserved for invited school classes. The aim of this event is to increase awareness of healthy nutrition in schools and the international school garden movement.

Since 2014 the Culinary Cinema also takes good food onto the street: In cooperation with Markthalle Neun the Berlinale Street Food market will provide hungry festival visitors with a selection of Street Food in Slow Food-quality at the corner of Joseph-von-Eichendorff-Gasse / Alte Potsdamer Straße.

Films in the Culinary Cinema can be nominated for the Glashütte Original Documentary Award (endowed with 50,000 Euro).

The Culinary Cinema fosters a partnership with the International Slow Food Movement.


Culinary Cinema
Potsdamer Straße 5
10785 Berlin