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 the pleasant or dark aspects of food. The films are selected according to their thematic and cinematic qualities. Films screened in previous years included: Monsieur Mayonnaise with Philippe Mora by Trevor Graham, Soul by Ángel Parra and José Antonio Blanco, Schumann’s Bar Talks with Charles Schumann by Marieke Schroeder, NOMA – My Perfect Storm by Pierre Deschamps, Cooked by Alex Gibney and Ryan Miller based on the bestseller by Michael Pollan, the Chef’s Table episodes on Tim Raue by Abigail Fuller and on Massimo Bottura and Jeong Kwan by David Gelb, Sergio Herman, FUCKING PERFECT by Willemiek Kluijfhout, El Somni by Frank Aleu with the Roca brothers and Food, Inc. by Robert Kenner. The audience was delighted by feature films like César Chávez by Diego Luna, Comme un chef (The Chef) by Daniel Cohen with Jean Reno, También la lluvia (Even the Rain) by Icíar Bollaín with Gael García Bernal and Io Sono L’Amore (I Am Love) by Luca Guadagnino with Tilda Swinton.

The films from the main programme are followed by a top chef’s menu, inspired by the night’s film, at the Gropius Mirror Restaurant. Internationally esteemed chefs like Andoni Luis Aduriz, Eneko Atxa, Massimo Bottura, Paco Pérez and the Roca brothers demonstrated their mastery in the kitchen of the Culinary Cinema. Women in Haute Cuisine are still a rarity however; fortunately three female top chefs were part of the programme so far: Sonja Frühsammer, Lea Linster and Cornelia Poletto. Within the eleven years of the Culinary Cinema the German award-winning cuisine gained worldwide recognition and was represented, amongst others, by: Daniel Achilles, Bobby Bräuer, Alexander Dressel and the Jeunes Restaurateurs, Sven Elverfeld, Sebastian Frank, Michael Hoffmann, Michael Kempf, Alexander Koppe, Christian Lohse, Tohru Nakamura, Hendrik Otto and Tim Raue. The menus are accompanied by excellent German wines. During the dessert-time, a talk on stage with the film team completes the evening.

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

All films of the programme receive a second screening without dinner.

The 12th Culinary Cinema will take place February 18 to 23, 2018.

More events

At "TeaTime" at 5 pm, the Gropius Mirror Restaurant hosts possibly book presentations, panel discussions and tastings.

On the morning of the last day our “Youth Food Cinema” is 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.

The cooperation with the special series Berlinale Goes Kiez will be continued next year and will take place on February 23, 2018.

Since 2014 the Culinary Cinema also takes good food onto the street and the Berlinale Street Food market will provide hungry festival visitors with a selection of Street Food in Slow Food quality.

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