The San Sebastian International Film Festival (SSIFF) returns for its 69th edition with a feast of food films to enjoy from 20 - 24 September 2021.
Culinary Zinema includes five feature films, with four having their world premiere and an emphasis on famous chefs and restaurants.
Opening the festival is Las huellas de elBulli, a film about Ferran Adrià's world-famous restaurant, which closed a decade ago. Then there's Reinventing Mirazur, in which chef Mauro Colagreco re-imagines his French Riviera restaurant post lockdown, followed by a fascinating visit to KOKS restaurant in the Faroe Islands in Michelin Stars II: Nordic By Nature, and The Pursuit of Perfection, a documentary focusing on four leading Japanese chefs.
The events close with Délicieux / Delicious, a period film set amidst kitchen stoves in 18th century France.
Each film at the festival is accompanied by a themed dinner, scheduled for 20-24 September, and hosted at the Basque Culinary Center with a line-up of Michelin-starred and up-and-coming chefs.
See the line-up of films at SSIFF 2021 below:
Directed by: IÑIGO RUIZ AQUERRETA, JOSÉ LARRAZA
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Directed by: RASMUS DINESEN
Country: DENMARK - SPAIN
Step into the wilds of the Faroe Islands, in the middle of the Nordic seas, in this culinary documentary, which was filmed over an 18-month period at two-Michelin-starred KOKS, helmed by chef Poul Andrias Ziska.
Listen to chef Ziska on the impact of the pandemic on his remote restaurant in our freshly squeezed podcast.
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Directed by: FRANCK RIBIÈRE, VÉRANE FRÉDIANI
Country: UK - USA - JAPAN - SWITZERLAND
Mauro Colagreco, chef of the three-Michelin-starred Mirazur restaurant in Menton (France), reappeared after the lockdown with a surprising Moon menu based on the lunar phases. This fascinating documentary takes a closer look at how he did it.
Directed by: TOSHIMICHI SAITO
Toshimichi Saito's feature film debut, The Pursuit of Perfection, is an exploration of Japanese cuisine seen through the eyes of four of its leading chefs: all seek perfection, but their approaches differ and even clash with one another.
Directed by: ÉRIC BESNARD
For some final food escapism, step back in time to indulgent dinners, seated around noble French tables at the turn of the18th century and the dawn of the French Revolution.