Scrap your Netflix-sushi-delivery plans for the weekend. The third edition of El Cine Cocina Festival brings great food and beautiful cinema together in one place and will be taking place from October the 31st to November the 6th.
A selection of films and documentaries revolving around food will be screened at the Alianza Francesa all week long. But that’s not all, the festival’s main goal, according to the organizers, is to “associate the culinary arts with other artistic expression”. So, apart from a thorough film program, El Cine Cocina will be offering a photo exhibition, talks led by some of the most illustrious chefs in the region, cooking workshops and, the best: themed dinners or cine comidas. The Bubble is here to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the action.
In terms of its cinematic offerings, the documentary El Somni is probably the one with the most buzz around it. The film features the brothers behind Spanish restaurant El Celler de Can Roca – ranked number one on The World’s 50 Best list. The Roca brothers are also rockstars of sort in the culinary world and have amassed a bit of a following with food aficionados and enthusiasts. The film will be screened at the Alianza Francesa, and introduced Monday night by Fernando Rivarola – head chef of El Baqueano. Not a shabby combination at all.
El Asadito is the first Argentine production to make it into the Festival’s selection. Gustavo Postiglione’s film, shot in the city of Rosario back in 1999, features a group of friends discussing life during a typical night-time asado. The director himself will be introducing his work (again at the Alianza Francesa) next Wednesday.
Another highly anticipated movie is without a doubt “Perú Sabe: la cocina, arma social”, a documentary that explores Peruvian food as a generator for social development. Chef Antonio Soriano, head of Astor-Manduque Porteño, will be opening the screening on Friday, the festival’s closing day.
Every screening is open to the general public for free, but be sure to be there at least 30 minutes earlier to get your ticket. Only one ticket per person by the way.
On the visual domain, this year’s novelty is French artist Mathilde de l’Ecotais’ photo exhibition “L’Essence du Goût” (“The Essence of Taste”). The opening of the exposition will coincide with La Noche de los Museos and for that night three guided tours will be given for free by the photographer herself. On Monday, the artist will offer an open discussion covering the artistic character of food photography. The exhibition will continue until December the 2nd.
You are sure to build up quite the appetite after watching all those food focused documentaries, which is exactly why the El Cine Cocina organizers have set up two “cine cenas” next week. Tuesday’s four course menu, conceived by Chef Christina Sunae, is inspired on the documentary Soul of a Banquet which retraces the story of Cecilia Chiang, first cook to introduce Chinese food to the US in the early 1960s. The film will be screened at the Alianza Francesa, while the diner will take place at the Chef’s puertas cerradas Cocina Sunae, located in the very heart of Chacarita.
The second menu follows Wednesday’s theme: meat. Juan Gaffuri, executive Chef at Elena will be serving a three course menu where Ojo de Bife that has been aged for 60 days is the star. The diner will take place at the Four Seasons awarded bistro. A screening of the documentary Steak (R)evolution will take place before Gaffuri’s feast at the Alianza Francesa. The production features French director Frank Ribière and butcher Yves-Marie Le Bourdonnec while they travel around the world looking for the perfect steak. Definitely, our dream trip !
Both menus are detailed on Cine Cocina’s website where you will also find the festival’s entire program. Reservation is mandatory for the cine cenas. Our advice?Don’t overthink it, there are only few spots left!
“The Chef’s are very excited about the festival as it allows them to explore cuisine from a different perspective. We like to think this is experience is just as enriching for the Chefs just as it is for the public” Ode Vergos, El Cine Cocina’s co-founder, told The Bubble, “the ultimate goal of the Festival, and my work, is to encourage the public to find nourishment beyond food”.
It’s a mission as noble as it is delicious and we’re more than willing to offer mouths and souls to feed.