FOOD MAKERS GO GLOBAL

Food artisans from East and West meet to work together and create new delicacies.

Two food artisans producing the same kind of food – one from Europe and another from Asia – meet up, spend time together and swap knowledge and know-how. The series delves into their different worlds: their work, their businesses, their lives, their production procedures and the different market conditions they have to address. Age-old skills thus join forces with new food-making techniques in a common fight against standardization.

Our heroes are food and the people who produce it. Each episode is dedicated to a single organic product – from cheese, fermented cabbage and flatbread to salted fish roe and pasta – and to the stories behind it. Stories of real people who work to produce outstanding foodstuffs, rooted in their local environment and culture. What will they learn from each other?
What happens when a Sami woman making exceptional flatbread travels from her native Lapland to India to see how they make chapattis there? Does a goat cheese producer from Nepal make his cheese in a totally different way from his renowned counterparts in France? Petros from Greece meets Takano in Japan and they discover that each has his own personal way of making botargo, salted mullet roe. Ms. Yao from Jiangmen in China visits a pasta maker in Italy and a German sauerkraut maker goes to Korea to see how they make kimchi. All these food artisans are keen to develop their knowledge and the series connects them, allowing them to compare the ways they do their work through every stage in the production and supply chains.

The series reveals the essence of the same specialities produced in different countries with different social and economic conditions, taking us on a backstage tour of quality food and introducing us to flavours and places and the special people whose stories are never told: people intent on developing their craft and fighting the big corporations that are suffocating them. Their unique products and experience raise our awareness of how the food we love is made and show us how important it is to preserve the world heritage of food-making techniques.
The series not only gives us a better understanding of the food we eat and how it can be produced sustainably on a global scale, but also takes us on a unique and original voyage of discovery through the eyes of people who are maintaining the culinary traditions of their different countries against the beautiful diverse landscapes they live in.

CATHEDRALS OF STEAM – EUROPE’S RAILWAY STATIONS

This series tells the epic story of five European railway stations: St Pancras in London, Gare de Lyon in Paris, Antwerpen Centraal, Budapest’s West Station and the Stazione Centrale in Milano are the main protagonists of each of the episodes. We discover these Cathedrals of the Industrial Age in their present and history combining human stories with architecture, past and contemporary stories. Blending the own dynamics of the place and a “fin de siècle” steam punk look, the series looks behind the facade and is an invitation to discover places, which are usually overlooked by busy travellers.

MY HOME, IN LIBYA

Filming in her grandparent’s home near Padova in Italy, Martina identifies a map of places belonging to their past. Antonio was born in Libya when it was an Italian colony and lived in Tripoli where he married Narcisa. They were suddenly forced to leave the country in 1970 just after Gheddafi’s coup d’etat. With the help of a young Libyan contacted on social media she collects images of her grandparents ‘home’ town today. Some names have changed, others not. As they exchange pictures and chats their relation grows. The web allows them to slowly overcome the physical and cultural boundaries that separate their lives, bringing us into a world the media has no access to.

Italy / 66 min.
Directed by: Martina Melilli
Produced by: Stefilm
In association with: ZDF, Arte, Rai Cinema
With the support of: Mibact, Piemonte Doc Film Fund, Regione Piemonte

WONDERFUL LOSERS. A DIFFERENT WORLD

For most of us, the cyclists at the back of the race are simply the losers. They are called water carriers, domestics, gregarios, and the Sancho Panzas of professional cycling. Moreover, they rarely experience personal victories – these sportsmen sacrifice their careers to help their teammates. We follow the magnificent world of the cycle race from the point of view of the doctors’ team situated in a claustrophobically small medical car surrounded by wounded cyclists. The life of the medical team in the race reminds one of the front line of war. Cyclists crash, they rise and they race again, and amongst this chaos, many magnificent things happen. This film-odyssey reveals the untold world of the wonderful losers, the true warriors, the knights and monks of professional cycling.

Lithuania / Italy / Switzerland / Belgium / Latvia / United Kingdom / Ireland / Spain / 2017/ 71 ‘
Directed by: Arunas Matelis
Production: Studio Nominum (Lithuania), Stefilm (Italy), DOK Mobile (Switzerland), Associate Directors (Belgium), VFS Films (Latvia), Dearcan Media (N.Ireland / UK), Planet Korda (Ireland), SUICAfilms (Spain)

THE STRANGE SOUND OF HAPPINESS

After years drifting, Diego returns to his hometown in Sicily. His dream of becoming a musician has not worked out. He has no job, no plans for the future and he’s broken up with his girlfriend. Staring at the rusted wrecks in the town’s harbour he’s bewitched by a mystical sound: an ancient musical instrument, the mouth harp, points the way. So starts an incredible voyage of redemption from the torrid coasts of Sicily to the frozen flatlands of Yakutia in Siberia where the instrument is a spiritual tool and national symbol. Diego meets the “masters” and through them learns that his journey completes part of an ancient prophecy. The sound of happiness is at last there.

Italia / 2017 / 90 min.
Director: Diego Pascal Panarello
Producers: Stefilm International (Edoardo Fracchia, Elena Filippini, Stefano Tealdi), Kick Film (Moritz Bundschuh).
Produced with the support of: MIBACT (Italy), Sicilia Filmcommission (Italy), Piemonte Doc Film Fund (Italy), FFA Filmförderungsanstalt (Germany), FilmFernsehFonds Bayern (Germany), Deutscher FilmFörderFonds (Germany), ARTE (Germany-France), YLE (Finland)

FOOD MARKETS III

The series explores where quality food is produced in Europe and the markets that sell it. Local vendors, foodmakers and awarded chefs lead the stories, from Helsinki where fish and vegetables are conserved for the long dark winters, to the bustling Palermo where juicy fruits are available all year round. Lisbon clings to its long tradition of eating fish, while in Amsterdam we have produce of greenhouses that are technological marvels. Food markets play an ever important role in making fresh produce available daily and, as the Viktualienmarkt in Munich, are also vital social centers.

AMSTERDAM
Amsterdam is the place where new and old meet… and are displayed in all its amazing food markets! Here we can enjoy the best raw herrings and the most authentic Dutch “stroopwafels”. We can experience the true taste of Gouda cheese, collect wild oysters in the North Sea, eat a seaweed burger and discover the country’s first algae cultivation.

HELSINKI
Helsinki’s food markets offer the most astonishing products coming from Karelia in the East, Lapland in the North and the Islands to the West. In this episode we see reindeers running through the woods, we go fishing on the iced waters of the archipelago and end our journey with the locals, enjoying a coffee and a Munkkipossu, a typical fried pastry, in the market square.

LISBOA
Since around 1800, the “Mercado da Ribeira” treasures the best food Lisbon has to offer: lemons from the Mafra region, bright red peppers, black pig ham from Alentejo, and the octopuses fished in Cascais. We end our day sipping a cold glass of amarguinha and enjoying the views of the city from the many traditional kiosks located around the market hall.

MUNCHEN
The Viktualienmarkt is the true “belly” of Munich. Here we find temporary stalls serving seasonal food, but also permanent shops selling white Bavarian sausages, an endless variety of potatoes, organic honey and game. Following the best food artisans, we learn how cheese is matured, what a Schmalznudeln is and how a chocolate praline is made.

PALERMO
Placed in the middle of Palermo’s ancient streets, Ballarò is the city’s largest market. Here street food is a must, where one can taste dozens of roasted, salted, pickled and fried fish and meat specialties. Guided by the shouts of the vendors, we taste the sweetest tangerines from the ‘Golden Basin’ and the wild fennel from the arid inland, as well as discovering the art of baroque cake design.

Italy / Germany / 2017 / 5 x 52’
Produced by: Stefilm
In collaboration with: RAI 1, ZDF, ARTE, RSI, Majade Filmproduktion

TO THE SOUTH OF PAVESE

The figure of Cesare Pavese, one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, provides the inspiration for an intimate journey in search of the threads that still tie his universe to the present. Shot in the symbolic places of his poetic imagination, the film sets out from the hills of Piedmont and travels to the shores of Calabria, where the writer was interned, via the Macedonian communities that are repopulating peasants’ vineyards and stories of people who are still resisting in difficult areas, in some cases in the name of literature. A sud di Pavese is a homage to a force that goes beyond cultural references, it’s the exploration of an area in which life and literature are so interwoven that the borders between them are lost.

A sud di Pavese begins with a return, more than ten years on, to the places where I shot my first short documentary, “Filari di vite”. Even then I wanted to look for Pavese in the present, among the last peasant farmers, who looked as though they came straight out of the pages of his novels. That was my encounter with the “myth” Pavese spoke of (mythic is an event that takes place outside space and time) and it marked my view profoundly. To return is to perceive the twilight of a world, to go beyond the literary references themselves to see what is still left.
Pavese thus became the lens through which I reinterpreted reality, looking for stories where he found his, as if those places were still active wellsprings.
Matteo Bellizzi

Italia / 2015 / 56 min.

Directed by: Matteo Bellizzi
Production by: Stefilm

FOOD MARKETS II

Andare al mercato è un’esperienza sensoriale imperdibile: mentre scegliamo cosa comprare, sperimentiamo colori, profumi e sapori di un’intera regione. Food Markets, nella sua seconda stagione, continua a raccontare le storie che si nascondono dietro ogni prodotto messo sui banchi, e ci porta a scoprire I luoghi meravigliosi da cui arrivano.

THE QUEEN OF SILENCE

Denisa è una ragazzina adolescente che vive in un campo Rom in Polonia. Ha forti difficoltà ad esprimersi con la parola perché da piccola è rimasta sorda. Gli altri ragazzini del campo la prendono in giro. Ma lei ha una dote preziosa che la aiuta a sopravvivere. La danza. Quando balla puà essere quello che vuole, anche una regina ed esprimere quello che non può dire, la gioia, la tristezza e la paura.

STORIE DI MERCATO

Torino e Lione sono il cuore della tradizione dell’alta qualità del cibo europeo. Ogni giorno queste tradizioni vengono rinnovate e rese vive con la vendita dei prodotti al mercato. Il cibo che arriva alle piazze porta con sè tutta la ricchezza dell’agricoltura delle campagne…