In our attempt to enter the world of food, the rituals and rules attached to it and even the sensory experience involved with the process of eating, we decided to watch a series of movies concerning food. During searching we came across with the culinary cinema of Berlinale Film Festival where we found out a list of interesting awarded culinary films. And so the movie-session begun!
The first film that we watched was Babette’s Feast(1987) where a french woman, Babette enters a strict 19th century Protestant society in Jutland, North of Denmark.
Babette works as a maid serving two sisters whose father was a respected pastor. On the occasion of 100th anniversary of pastor’s birth, Babette gives a genuine french dinner. In the last 40 minutes of the movie, the ceremony of cooking and eating takes place. During these minutes we started to realise the profound differences between cultures that are defined by religious and ethical rules. What made a big impression was the whole process that turns into a well excecuted ritual whose parts played an equally important role to guests’ experience.
Babette’ s menu
Potage à la Tortue
Blini Demidoff au Caviar
Buckwheat cakes with caviar
Veuve Clicquot Champagne 1860
Caille en Sarcophage avec Sauce Perigourdine
Quail in Puff Pastry Shell with Foie Gras and Truffle Sauce
Clos de Vougeot 1846
Cheese and Fruit Selection
Baba au Rhum avec les Figues
Rum Infused Yeast Cake with Dried Figs