V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

COOKING HISTORY

V' 09

COOKING HISTORY

Peter Kerekes
A/SK/CZ, 2009
Documentaries, 88min, OmeU

COOKING HISTORY

Peter Kerekes
A/SK/CZ, 2009
Documentaries, 88min, OmeU

Screenplay: 
Peter Kerekes
Sound: 
Daniel Nemec
Štepán Mamula
Camera: 
Martin Kollár
Editor: 
Marek Šulík
Composer: 
Marek Piacek

Production: 
Mischief Films mit Unterstützung von ORF Film/Fernseh-Abkommen
World Sales: 
Taskovski Films Korunovacni 32170 00 Prag 7, Tschechien T +420 2 33 313 839 info@taskovskifilms.com
Format: 
35 mm
Color

Cooking History is about army cooks, about how everyday needs of thousands of armed stomachs affected victories and defeats of the statesmen. About field kitchen as a model of the world where food preparation becomes a fight strategy. A fight for great ideals standing on strong legs of the kitchen table. The film is based on eleven recipes of the cooks since the Second World War till the war in Tchetchenia, from France through Balkan to Russia.
The main characters in Cooking History are army cooks. Simple men in aprons put on the uniform with their task to look after filling the giant stomach of a big hungry child - the army. At first sight, their role is less important than that of the tank crews, aircraft unions or landing divisions. However, when a proper filling and emptying of the stomach is secured, it can also provide a fluent occupying and leaving of the army positions. Thus, army cooks can affect the mood and actions of the soldiers and influence the history through their spoons. However, cooking and fighting have a lot in common: strategizing, judging the correct proportion of ingredients, flavouring. Food preparation becomes a metaphor for the battle. (Peter Kerekes)

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