Sample the new Food & Wine strand at Doc/Fe(a)st 2016!
New on the menu for Doc/Fest 16, the Food & Wine strand takes us on a culinary tour of global stories, featuring 4 UK premieres, 1 EU premiere, an Environmental Award nominee plus a competitor for the coveted Grand Jury Award at this year’s festival.
The 160 strong Doc/Fest Film Programme, curated by Claire Aguilar, includes:
Miso Hungry directed by Tim Delmastro
EU premiere / Australia, Japan / 2015 / 90 min
Nearing forty, and weighing double what he should, comedian Craig Anderson knows that something has to change. At the encouragement of director Tim Delmastro, he forgoes his McDonald’s laden diet and opts instead for a Japanese one. We follow the amiable Australian to Japan where he navigates everything from mastering chopsticks to the mysteries of a green tea ceremony – and lots and lots of tofu.
Seed: The Untold Story directed by Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz
Environmental Award / UK premiere / United States / 2016 / 93 min
For life-long environmental activist Vandana Shiva, farmers are now living in an age of “seed slavery”. With large agro-tech companies like Monsanto dominating, limiting and contaminating what we eat, multiple counter-efforts have emerged globally in response. Directors Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz present an eloquent and urgent case for saving seed, for protecting life’s very foundation.
Noma: My Perfect Storm directed by Pierre Deschamps
UK premiere / United Kingdom / 2015 / 95 min
With automatic access to genius, René Redzepi plays with wilderness and interprets a forgotten edible world into a language we all understand. A modern ugly duckling, bullied by his peers, Redzepi found his home in the no man’s land and transformed into swan. Noma: My Perfect Storm is a creative journey into the mind of René Redzepi.
Ants on a Shrimp directed by Maurice Dekkers
UK premiere / Netherlands / 2015 / 88 min
Three floors below ground at Tokyo’s Mandarin Oriental, the R&D team of acclaimed Copenhagen restaurant NOMA have been working 20-hour days to develop a special 14-course taster menu for a Japanese audience. With the arrival of head chef René Redzepi, the crew are shocked into self-reflection. Director Maurice Dekkers documents how two different food cultures clash and inspire one another.
Sour Grapes directed by Jerry Rothwell and Reuben Atlas
Grand Jury Award / UK premiere / UK, France / 2016 / 85 min
With an encyclopaedic knowledge of wine, young Rudy Kurniawan was the king seller of burgundies. But who was he, and how did he get his hands on such rare vintages?
City of Gold directed by Laura Gabbert
United States / 2015 / 96 min
City of Gold chronicles Pulitzer Prize-winning restaurant critic Jonathan Gold’s deep and complex relationship with the food and culture of Los Angeles. Gold was one of the first critics to review small family owned restaurants in far-flung ethnic enclaves, with the stroke of his pen changing the lives of countless recent immigrants cooking the food of their homeland.
Doc/Fest Exchange on Tudor Square supported by Wellcome Trust
Part of a series of free-of-charge conversations and creative exchanges inspired by extraordinary talent, groundbreaking films and interactive and virtual reality storytelling.