Berlinale Culinary Cinema has "Hindsight"

The 62nd Berlin International Film Festival (the Berlinale) has announced its Culinary Cinema 2012 program comprised of 15 films about food to include "Hindsight" from Korea. The 6th Culinary Cinema's motto this year is "Trust in Taste".

Directed by Lee Hyun-seung, "Hindsight" stars Song Kang-ho ("The Host") as an ex-gangster trying make a clean start as a restaurant owner. While taking cooking classes, he meets and falls in love with a quirky girl (Shin Se-kyung).

The film was released in South Korea Aug. 31, 2011 and screened in the Busan International FilmFestival's Korean Cinema Today – Panorama section last year. Its screening at the Berlinale will be the film's European premiere.

"Hindsight" will be part of the Culinary Cinema section's late screenings that focus on social and ecological topics. Other films there will include "The Raw and the Cooked" in which Monika Treut documents the emergent green movement in Taiwan. "Canned Dreams" depicts the plight of all the workers who contribute to producing a can of ravioli, and "Lupe of the Cow" presents several small-scale Mexican farmers who master their harsh lives with humor and music.

Other Culinary Cinema films will be presented earlier in the day and after their screenings, renowned chefs will serve a meal inspired by the film.

"Food is a matter of trust", Berlinale festival head Dieter Kosslick says about this year's motto. "Consumers shouldn't just focus on organic tags and finely printed labels, but above all trust their sense of taste. Taste is a matter of experience and that's what you can also gain at the Berlinale's Culinary Cinema".

The Berlinale will be held Feb. 12 - 17, 2012.Other Korean films screening in the festival include Jeon Kyu-hwan's "From Seoul to Varanasi", Kang Je-gyu's "My Way" and Kim Joong-hyeon's "Choked".

Jan. 30, 2012