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Apr 3, 2011 12:59 PM

El Bulli documentary at Hot Docs film festival (moved from Ontario board)

The Hot Docs documentary film festival in Toronto will be screening the film "El Bulli - Cooking in Progress." The 3 screenings are April 29, April 30 and May 8. Tickets have already gone to rush on 2 of the 3 screenings.

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  1. Thanks for the heads up.

    I hadn't had a chance to look through the programing this yeah.

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    1. re: ylsf

      I got my tix the day they went on sale! So excited! Those of you reading "The Sorcerer's Apprentices" by Lisa Abend, this is the German documentary team that was mentioned in the book!

      1. re: table4onthefly

        Oh cool.

        The Sorcerer's Apprentices was a great book.

        1. re: uberathlete

          I've read it like 4 times now! I love that she tells the story from the perspective of the stages and not from Ferran's eyes.

          1. re: table4onthefly

            Saw last night's screening. Very interesting observational-style documentary about the food laboratory that is El Bulli. Because it's not done "biography" style (ie. there's no narration, no talking heads), the appeal of the film may be more limited to foodies and people with an interest of the creation of food as an art form (I imagine dining there to be like participating in an avant garde opera). Adria and his team are part academic, part scientist, part artist.

            Here's a pic I took of the director and producer at the post-screening Q&A:

            They said the film will be released theatrically in Canada in July. Film's Facebook page:

            1. re: canmark

              I saw it also on Saturday afternoon. Interesting documentary, thanks for the heads up posted here. I will recommend it to a few people when it opens up in Toronto in July. I am not sure how much appeal it will have to a larger audience but it made me regret more having missed out on getting to El Bulli. I tried 3 years in a row to get in. The creative process was fascinating to watch. I will check out the book mentioned above.

              1. re: ylsf

                Hey I was there on Saturday afternoon too! I really liked the way that they showed the footage; no talking heads or narration, just watching Ferran and company do their thing.

                Were you also irked by the lady who asked "What's with the whole 'vacuumizing' thing?"

              2. re: canmark

                The TIFF website is saying that it opens Friday August 5th (updated showtimes available from May 24).