Breathing new life into the saying “dinner and a movie,” the El Cine Cocina festival will be taking place in at the Alianza Francesa in Buenos Aires from October 21-25. Now in its fifth edition, the original celebration of Argentine culinary cinema showcases a curated selection of films that highlight the universal power of coming together to share new flavors, adventures, and experiences. From feature films to documentaries, exclusive premieres to classic revivals, local productions to internationally acclaimed work, there’s something for everyone to sink her teeth into at this festival.
For five full days, movie buffs and foodies alike can indulge their deepest cravings, with a jam-packed agenda of both film screenings and activities like workshops and talks that promise to be satisfying on many levels. Everything kicks off on Monday, October 21st with a film dedicated to Argentina’s own hometown hero Mauro Colagreco, the country’s first chef to be awarded the coveted three Michelin stars for his Mirazur restaurant located in the south of France. The documentary follows him from the restaurant’s own garden to the Andean hills, discovering his story, his inspiration, and his perspective along the way.
Other can’t-miss flicks? Ramen Heads, which dives deep into the psyche of Japan’s own “king of ramen” Osamu Tomita alongside the country’s other top dogs over the course of 15 months. You’ll probably want to make it a double header, as later that night the much-anticipated documentary Wasted! The Story of Food Waste – featuring the late, great, epic Anthony Bourdain – will also be shown. In a day and age when our planet is being pushed to the absolute limit, learning about the serious issues impacting the food industry is more pressing than ever.
There’s plenty of complementary activities happening before and after film screenings, which you can check out at El Cine Cocina’s website. However, since you’re lazy and probably don’t want to do any of the work yourself, here’s a teaser: ramen tasting, wine tasting, chocolate tasting… you get the idea. Film screenings are free, but you’ll need to pay extra for the activities.
If you’re sick of politics and looking for a bit of a palate cleanser (pun dolphinately intended) before the presidential elections on Sunday, October 27th, the El Cine Cocina festival is exactly where you’ll need to be. Bon appétit!