By Scott Roane
Following Food Film Festivals in New York, Bologna and London, the Netherlands’ first Food Film Festival will be held in Amsterdam from 18 – 20 March. Organized by the Youth Food Movement, the youth arm of the Slow Food Movement. The event will be held at Studio K cultural center in Amsterdam Oost (East). It’s around a 30 minute walk from Central Station which takes in the historical Jewish quarter and the Entrepotdok (the old tall ships dock) and the city zoo. Alternatively take a four minute ride on the regular train from Central Station to Amsterdam Muiderpoort.
The festival features 20 food related films mostly in English or with English subtitles and various events, such as debates and workshops. The line-up includes Bottle Shock, an American comedy-drama, based on the incident at a 1976 wine competition that has become known as the “Judgment of Paris”, when French wine was beaten out by California wine in a blind taste test. The local newspaper’s wine critic Harold Hamersma will host a tasting of wines from the two wine regions at the event.
There are also some interesting documentaries on offer, such as the Dutch documentary, De smaak van de ziel (The taste of the soul), which offers a philosophical exploration of what taste is. El Bulli: Cooking in Progress follows the king of froth, Ferran Adrià, the famous chef of the much-lauded Catalonian restaurant, El Bulli.
In addition to being a celebration of food, the festival also highlights the tragic side of the food industry. For example, Swedish documentary Bananas! covers the conflict between the Dole Food Company and banana plantation workers in Nicaragua over alleged cases of sterility caused by a pesticide. Black Gold juxtaposes the fortunes made by players in the global coffee industry with the poverty of many coffee farmers.
Visit the website for tickets and full information.