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Jiro dreams of sushi, (2011)

A documentary film, which involves around the life of the world’s best sushi chef, Jiro Ono. Although he is in his 90’s he’s is still working with great passion and as he claims, he will never stop doing so. His devotion has rightfully earned himself 3 Michelin stars. The film has very good aesthetics and a good direction with high-definition close-ups. It successfully depicts the whole process of making sushi from the selection of the finest ingredients in the Tsukiji market, Tokyo, to the preparation in the kitchen of Jiro’s small restaurant located in the Ginza metro station. Jiro is making a live performance in front of the customers’ eyes, as they get to watch the whole process of preparing each course of the meal. Jiro draws a parallel between setting up and orchestrating a symphony.

Watching this movie will definitely make you want to eat a lot of sushi!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1772925/

Culinary Cinema

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.

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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
Turtle Soup
Amontillado Sherry

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

La Salade
Water

Les Fromages
Cheese and Fruit Selection
Port

Baba au Rhum avec les Figues
Rum Infused Yeast Cake with Dried Figs
Coffee

Here are the trailer and the movie in 10 parts. Enjoy!