Food on Film
2 – 17 March 2013
Delicious: Food on Film organized by Pera Film presents a unique selection of films celebrating the relationship between food and cinema. The program coincides with the first event of the Bocuse d’Or organized in Turkey, a biennial of world chef championships, one of the world’s most prestigious cooking competitions. The program explores two different themes: Food and Life, Food and Guts.
Food and Life
Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution
Director: Jean-Paul Jaud. Cast: Perico Légasse. France, 107’, 2008, color. French with Turkish subtitles.
This eye-opening documentary follows an experiment in a small village in the mountains of France where the town’s mayor has decided to make the school lunch menu organic, with much of the food grown locally.
War and Peace in the Kitchen Garden
Director: Jean-Yves Collet. France, 90’, 2009, color. French with Turkish subtitles.
Thousands of animals and one or two giants, the gardeners, inhabit this miniature jungle. “War and Peace in the Vegetable Patch” gets close to ladybird, aphis, and field mouse to give a poetic, sometimes funny, but always rigorously scientific narrative of the interactions between the garden’s vegetables and the other plants, animals and humans there.
The World According to Monsanto
Director: Marie-Monique Robin. Cast: David Baker, Ken Cook, David Carpenter. France, 109’, 2008, color. French with Turkish subtitles.
Monsanto is the world leader in genetically modified organisms (GMOs), as well as one of the most controversial corporations in industrial history. This century-old empire has created some of the most toxic products ever sold, including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and the herbicide Agent Orange. Based on a painstaking investigation, The World According to Monsanto puts together the pieces of the company’s history, calling on hitherto unpublished documents and numerous first-hand accounts.
Food and Guts
Entre les Bras
Director: Paul Lacoste. Cast: Michel Bras, Sébastian Bras. France, 86’, 2012, color. French with Turkish subtitles.
In 2009, world-renowned French chef Michel Bras, the owner of a three Michelin-star restaurant in France’s Aubrac region, decided to hand over the business to his son Sébastien.
Inventing Cuisine: Pierre Gagnaire
Director: Paul Lacoste. Cast: Pierre Gagnaire. France, 52, 2008, color. French with Turkish subtitles.
Pierre Gagnaire qualifies as one of the highest-tiered chefs in all of haute cuisine; many surveys rank his eponymous Parisian eatery as one of the top three restaurants in the world, second only to El Bulli in Spain and The Fat Duck in the UK.
Director: Christian Vincent. Cast: Catherine Frot, Arthur Dupont, Jean d’Ormesson. France, 95’, 2012, color. French with Turkish subtitles.
Hortense Laborie, a renowned chef from Perigord, is astonished when the President of the Republic appoints her his personal cook, responsible for creating all his meals at the Elysée Palace.
Director: Jean-Pierre Améris. Cast: Benoît Poelvoorde, Isabelle Carré, Lorella Cravotta. France, 80’, 2010, color. French with Turkish subtitles.
Romantics Anonymous tells the story of Angélique (Isabelle Carré), a gifted chocolate-maker whose uncontrollable shyness prevents her from acknowledging her talents.
A Matter of Taste
Director: Bernard Rapp. Cast: Bernard Giraudeau, Jean-Pierre Lorit, Florence Thomassin. France, 90’, 2000, color. French with Turkish subtitles.
A handsome young waiter named Nicolas is befriended by Frederic, a wealthy and mysterious middle-aged business executive. Frederic, a man of power, influence and strictly refined tastes is strangely smitten by Nicolas’ charm and naivete.