Skip to main content

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

See also...

THIS AIN'T CALIFORNIA

Skateboarding becomes a metaphor for freedom in this prize-winning love letter to the subversive power of youth. ... East Germany in the 80s. For three teens - Nico, Dirk and Dennis - life in the GDR ... More »

MY WAR YEARS: ARNOLD SCHOENBERG

Few musicians have been more revered, and at the same time, more despised, more controversial, more discussed, and ultimately more influential than Arnold Schoenberg. ... This adventurous, and ... More »

THE WONDERFUL, HORRIBLE LIFE OF LENI RIEFENSTAHL

Ray Müller's 180-minute documentary is an engrossing, thorough and rigorous examination of the life of Leni Riefenstahl. At 90 years of age and still in full flight, Riefenstahl discusses her ... More »

80,000 SHOTS

A captivating documentary and the result of thousands of hours of painstaking time lapse photography. With superstar architect Renzo Piano at the helm, Berlin's Potsdamer Platz between 1990 and 2001 ... More »

MY BEST FRIEND

My Best Fiend is an alarming documentary about the love-hate relationship between Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski. The film deals with the deep trust between the director and actor and their ... More »

JOANE'S LAW

Director/writer Dobrivoie Kerpenisan spent his childhood in a remote, rural Romanian village. Joane's Law retraces his steps on a journey to the village, and his relatives, after an absence of over ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director