How to Cook Your Life

How to Cook Your Life

Deutschland 2006/2007, Dokumentarfilm

Inhalt

An upbeat documentary about the art of cooking, but also the art of cooking one’s life without burning it, adding too much salt or over-cooking it. Together, Doris Dörrie and Zen priest of cookery, Edward Brown, demonstrate that food means much more than just nutrition and that cooking is a feast of the senses, as well as an act of love and generosity. During the summer of 2006, Doris Dörrie and a small film crew followed Edward Brown to Scheibbs Buddhist Centre in Austria, then to the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center and the San Francisco Zen Center, where Brown taught people of all generations. His recipes are simple, full of taste and highly aromatic.

In this film, the camera is a participant observer at his cooking courses, it stands round the floured wooden table, watching the dumplings, the radishes, oranges and the carrots. It is also there when Edward Brown lecturers his students according to Zen master Dogen’s teachings of 1238: what, he asks, does cooking and eating mean to the community and the individual? Is cooking a political act? In what way does cooking reflect our approach to life and the world around us?

While she was in San Francisco, Doris Dörrie took a look at some of the city’s fast food restaurants; she also spoke to organic farmers, starving homeless people and to a woman whose diet consists solely of things that other people have throw away. Nowadays, 80 percent of America’s population no longer eat at home, or even cook. Anyone who cannot cook and isn’t rich has no option but to feed themselves cheaply and poorly. Not having any time to cook and eat together means a loss of community and culture. Learning to cook means learning how rich our own culture is, and taking an active part in its preservation.

Source: 57. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

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Director:Doris Dörrie
Screenplay:Doris Dörrie
Director of photography:Doris Dörrie, Jörg Jeshel
Editing:Suzi Giebler
Sound editor:Magda Habernickel
Sound design:Magda Habernickel, Marcel Spisak
Sound:Stefan Ravasz
Audio mixing:Max Rammler-Rogall
Music:B:Sides (DE), Sven Faller, Mathias Götz, Martin Kolb, Florian Riedl
Participation:Edward Espé Brown
Production company:Megaherz TV Fernsehproduktion GmbH (Unterföhring)
Producer:Franz X. Gernstl, Fidelis Mager
Line producer:Richard Sterling
Unit production manager:Annika Herr
Production assistant:Sibylle Scholz
Production coordinator:Ruth Stadler
Post-production:Werner Pertl (Koordination), Tobias Bohlinger (Koordination)
Shoot:07.2006-09.2006: Scheibbs (Österreich), San Francisco, Kalifornien
Original distributor:MFA+ Filmdistribution e.K. (Regensburg)
Funding:FilmFernsehFonds Bayern GmbH (FFFB) (München), Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) (Berlin)
Length:2526 m, 92 min
Format:HD Cam + HDV - überspielt auf 35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby SR
Rating:FSK-Prüfung: 13.02.2007, 109129, ohne Altersbeschränkung / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 12.02.2007, Berlin, IFF - Berlinale Special;
Kinostart (DE): 10.05.2007

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) How to Cook Your Life
Arbeitstitel (DE) Wie man sein Leben kocht

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Original

Length:2526 m, 92 min
Format:HD Cam + HDV - überspielt auf 35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby SR
Rating:FSK-Prüfung: 13.02.2007, 109129, ohne Altersbeschränkung / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 12.02.2007, Berlin, IFF - Berlinale Special;
Kinostart (DE): 10.05.2007
 

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