Mayor of Bologna Sergio Cofferati, Slow Food Italia President Roberto Burdese, Bologna Cineteca Director Gianluca Farinelli and Stefano Sardo, Artistic Director of Slow Food on Film, presented the second Slow Food on Film to be held in Bologna.
What's new this year:
The 2009 festival will be inaugurated in the best possible way, with the Italian premiere of Terra Madre, Ermanno Olmi’s documentary, shown as a special event at the 2009 Berlinale, produced by the Bologna Cineteca and ITC Movie in partnership with Rai Cinema. Olmi, known for his films about peasant life, has taken a personal look at Slow Food’s most powerful and evocative event, the Terra Madre gathering of food communities, distilling it into an amazing 80-minute film that is at once timeless and contemporary, offering a synthesis of all that the festival aspires to be.
In addition to Terra Madre, Slow Food on Film will offer many more Italian premieres this year, including Food Inc., a must-see documentary on corporations’ industrial food production, made by the American company Participant (also responsible for Al Gore’s Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth), following six years of research, investigation and meticulous reconstructions. Also shown for the first time in Italy will be La vie moderne by Raymond Depardon, presented at the last Cannes festival.
Documentary-maker Jonathan Nossiter will be a special guest at the festival; his 2004 film Mondovino brought the debate about globalized winemaking to Cannes, where it was in competition, and at Bologna he will be presenting two episodes dealing with Italian wine from the Mondovino series.