I'll admit it can take just one film to usually convince me to come to a film festival. In the case of this year's Berlinale, it was Jafar Panahi's Taxi. I knew I wanted to sit in that bursting at the seams press screening, first thing in the morning, to watch it. And, as is usually the case with my cinematic instinct, I was right.
I'm all for films, as Jafar Panahi says in his latest Taxi, showing here in Berlinale: "All films are worth watching; it just depends on your taste." But perhaps I wish, deep down inside, as a human being, that our collective taste was just more about peace and love. Without so much blood, so many guns.
For those with an appetite for stimulating their wits and their senses, film and food make a perfect pairing: they feed both the body and the brain. Attendees of Culinary Cinema at the Berlinale (Berlin's annual film festival) are treated to a week's immersion in films about food and food with their films.