Food film festival brings cuisine to the screen in Seoul
SEOUL, May 26 (Yonhap) -- An international food film festival kicked off in Seoul on Thursday to screen films centered entirely on food.
The 2nd Seoul International Food Film Festival, which is to last until Tuesday, will screen 58 food-themed films from 28 countries around the world at the Megabox-COEX theater in southern Seoul.
They include the latest food-oriented films from various international film festivals, food film classics and old and new Korean food films.
Programs also include a busy roster of culinary talks involving Korean star chefs and the tasting of dishes from different foreign countries interspersed with showings of relevant films, according to the organizers.
In the "Dining Cinema" category, in particular, audiences can enjoy films while having drinks or food related to the film they see or a luxury dinner prepared by a gourmet catering service sitting on a comfortable reclining sofa at the theater's special screening rooms.
Films chosen for the section include "Make Hummus Not War," a U.S. documentary by Trevor Graham about "hummus," a simple dip of chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice and salt which is one of the most widely consumed Middle Eastern foods in the United States; "Wanton Mee," a Singaporean film about the namesake Cantonese noodle dish which is popular in Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore; and "East Side Sushi," an American film depicting a Latina woman's challenges in becoming a sushi chef. Several other films depict the life and work of globally celebrated chefs.
This year's event will give special focus to France as South Korea marks the 130th anniversary of diplomatic ties with the country. Nine short and feature films ranging from early-stage silent pictures to the latest works will be screened to present the diverse charms of France as a country of gastronomy and film.
The talk sessions with star chefs such as Park Joon-woo, Hwang Gyo-ik, Jang Jin-mo and Lee Won-il will delve into the relationship between human lives and their eating culture.
Tickets are available on the theater chain's homepage or at the Megabox-COEX theater.