The San Sebastián Film Festival in Spain, inspired by the Berlin Film Festival's culinary cinema section, is launching a culinary program called "Culinary Zinema: Cine y Gastronomía." Which translates to "Culinary Zinema: Cinema and Gastronomy" — the "Z" in the "Zinema" is a sort of "basquification" of the word "cinema." The festival will present seven features and one short, with themed dinners to go along with each screening. Films include El Bulli: Cooking in Progress, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, and Noma - at Boiling Point.
The festival will also see the world premiere of the documentary Mugaritz BSO, described on Mugaritz's website as a "gastronomic-musical collaborative project" with "the goal of which is to create a world of sound using the culinary experience represented by some of the dishes at Mugaritz." The film is a collaboration between chef Andoni Aduriz of Mugaritz (the two-star Michelin restaurant rated #3 in the world) and the musician Felipe Ugarte. Here's a teaser-trailer for Mugaritz BSO and a teaser for Culinary Zinema:
Video: Mugaritz BSO Teaser-Trailer
Here's the description for Mugaritz BSO, translated: "The musician Felipe Ugarte and the chef Andoni Aduriz set off on a project with the goal of turning a gastronomic menu in a musical experience. The recipes of Mugaritz intend to recreate a loyal and transparent sonic world, translating by way of the palate." An album and a book are planned; the book will record the "preparation of the dishes and the travels to Ethiopia and Peru in search of the melodies to the studio recordings."
Video: Culinary Zinema Teaser
· Culinary Zinema: Cine y Gastronomía [San Sebastián Film Festival via @FoodSnob and @LisaAbend]
· Teaser - MUGARITZ B.S.O. - 59 edición 2011 [YouTube]
· Presentación sección Culinary Zinema - 59 edición 2011 [YouTube]
· All Mugaritz Coverage on Eater [-E-]