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EL BULLI: COOKING IN PROGRESS

Germany, 2010 (MIFF 2011, Documentaries)

Director: Gereon Wetzel

A mouthwatering taste of the preparation that went into one of the most imaginative menus in the world.

Each year over two million people tried to book a table at El Bulli - only a select few ever got one. The coastal Spanish restaurant was a Mecca to food buffs; one which closed every year for seven months while chef Ferran Adrià and his team worked diligently to create an entirely new menu.

Gereon Wetzel's documentary profiles a year in the life of this exquisite Spanish eatery, capturing the devotion of Adrià and his staff, from the months of exhaustive experimentation and research to the intense preparations for the new season opening.

D Gereon Wetzel P Ingo Fliess S Anna Ginestí Rosell, Gereon Wetzel Dist Madman Entertainment L Spanish, Catalan, French w/English subtitles TD HD Cam/2010

Screens with Zergüt, a short film by Natasha Subramaniam, who is a guest of the Festival.

Mouldy, decaying foods long forgotten in the depths of the refrigerator rise up against the fresh ingredients, their skirmishes soon escalating into total war. Foodstuffs morph, march, disintegrate, dance and explode in extravagant displays of color and form, culminating in a grand finale sequence of obliteration. Set to Prokofiev's classical Romeo & Juliet, this contemporary Fantasia employs high-definition stop motion imagery.

D/P Natasha Subramaniam, Alisa Lapidus L no dialogue TD digibeta/2011

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