Stay Hungry: EIFF's new gastronomic-themed strand whets the appetite

Stay Hungry: EIFF's new gastronomic-themed strand whets the appetite

The Amber Light

Tuck into documentaries on Spanish olive oil, lectures on culinary cinema and discussions about the future of Scottish food and drink

This year, the Edinburgh International Film Festival has introduced a new strand, CineCuisine, to its ever-growing programme. It features a series of screenings and events that explore the connections between food and film, celebrating gastronomic excellence and shining a spotlight on the history, origins and traditions of the food industry. Whether the cordon bleu cooking in Ratatouille springs to mind, the great feasts in Harry Potter, or the elaborate home-cooking in Ang Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman, food and film have a fascinating and intricate relationship. Read on to find out more about the screenings and events that will be part of CineCuisine.

Virgin & Extra: The Land of the Olive Oil (Jaén: Virgen & Extra)
With a retrospective on Spain taking centre stage at this year's festival, this documentary delves into one of its most famous exports: olive oil. Director José Luis López-Linares investigates the superfood from the perspective of the makers in Spain's Jaén region – where almost half the olive oil in Spain is made. It reveals the complexity of the liquid, just how diverse its flavour and character is, and exposes the passion and pride that the people of the region have for the oil and good food in general.
Odeon, Sat 22 Jun, 3.40pm; Sun 23 Jun, 1.10pm.

The Amber Light
Presenting its world premiere at the festival is Adam Park's whisky journey film The Amber Light. Featuring well-known names like Alasdair Gray, Ian Rankin and Rachel Newton, it follows spirits writer Dave Broom who takes an unconventional route through the lesser-known parts of Scotland's whisky. Broom seeks a deeper understanding of the national drink and traces its links to other areas of culture like music, literature and history. With plenty of anecdotes and fun along the way, it's an idiosyncratic look at the evolution of the 'water of life' and its place in the fabric of the nation.
Odeon, Sat 22 June, 6.10pm; Sun 23 June, 8.30pm.

Chef's Diaries: Scotland
Connecting both the Spanish strand and the home of the festival, Chef's Diaries: Scotland follows Michelin-starred chefs, the Roca brothers, as they embark on a mission to track down what Scotland's larder has to offer. Their restaurant El Cella de Can Roca opened in Girona in 1986 and since then has been consistently named one of the best in the world. Directed by Laura Otálora, they Rocas seek new inspiration for their menu at the restaurant and are dumbfounded by what they find. The film questions why Scotland is so modest about its culinary delights and is a flattering endorsement of the country from two of the best chefs in the world.
Odeon Fri 21 Jun, 8.35pm; Filmhouse Sat 22 Jun, 1pm.

Food for Thought
This special gastronomic event traverses the important questions facing the Scottish food and drink industry in a panel discussion chaired by Fiona Richmond, head of regional food at Scotland Food & Drink. Topics include the tradition and development of Scottish food and drink, current trends, plus the future of the industry. The event also includes a delicious tasting session with locally sourced Scottish produce, including classics with a twist, prepared by the Edinburgh School of Food and Wine.
Odeon, Fri 21 Jun, 6.30pm.

Kino Cuisine: Food and Drink on Film
To tie the theme together and analyse the subject, the EIFF has teamed up with the University of Edinburgh to present an informative lecture. Dr Pasquale Iannone will present an illustrated talk on culinary cinema from around the world. Whether it's a family coming together over a home cooked meal, or a couple eating together on a first date, food and drink has an important role in cinema and both the obvious and subtle ways it is utilised will be investigated.
Filmhouse, Mon 24 Jun, 8.30pm.

Kino Cuisine: Food and Drink on Film

Whether it’s an imprisoned gang boss meticulously taking a razor to a clove of garlic or families huddled together slurping down bowls of steaming noodles, cinema continues to be the most adept of all the arts at evoking the sights, sounds, smells and textures of food and drink. In this richly illustrated lecture, Dr…

Chef's Diaries: Scotland

El Celler de Can Roca opened in Girona, Spain, in 1986 by the Roca brothers, has held three Michelin stars since 2009 and was named the best restaurant in the world in 2013 and 2015. Head chef Joan, sommelier Josep and pastry chef Jordi travel to Scotland, traversing the country and exploring its local produce and…

Food for Thought

A special gastronomic event exploring the traditions, trends and future of Scottish food and drink, with a panel discussion featuring local food experts and policymakers, chaired by Fiona Richmond, Head of Regional Food, Scotland Food & Drink, looking at the development of Scottish cuisine, the breadth of Scottish…

The Amber Light

  • 2019
  • UK
  • 1h 33min
  • Directed by: Adam Park

A tasty and fascinating road movie, The Amber Light journeys through the lesser-known parts of Scottish whisky culture. Spirits writer Dave Broom seeks a deeper understanding of his national drink and its links to music, literature and history. Speaking to innovators, thinkers and drinkers in the whisky world – from…

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