New York's MoMA to toast Berlin film fest chief

New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) will put on a culinary cinema series next month to honour the head of the Berlin film festival, Dieter Kosslick, organisers said Monday.

The festival, known as the Berlinale, said the MoMA would pay tribute to the German and his twin passions of cinema and fine dining with the series "Carte Blanche: Dieter Kosslick, the Culinary Cineaste" running August 22 to 30.

Kosslick, a vegetarian and food quality activist now in his 10th year at the helm of the Berlinale, launched a sidebar series in 2007 looking at the ties between film, culture, cuisine and the environment.

For the MoMA event, he selected 11 food-related movies to screen including Danish drama "Babette's Feast", US documentary "Food, Inc." and the animated feature "Ratatouille".

"Food brings people together and connects them with their surroundings," he said in a statement. "A countrys cuisine is a yardstick of its culture."

MoMA Chief Curator Rajendra Roy said the event would "provide some cinematic food for the soul".

Gabriel Kreuther, a Michelin-star-winning chef of The Modern restaurant at MoMA, is to offer a special menu each night inspired by the films in the series.

And Kosslick, Kreuther, food writer Ruth Reichl and chef Michael Romano will conduct a panel discussion on "Food, Culture and Ecology" on August 23.

The next Berlinale, which ranks among the top three European film festivals, will be held February 9-19.

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