In the early noughties, there was no such thing as Nordic haute cuisine. Fermented herring was pretty much the only Nordic delicacy that the world’s top chefs knew about. But then, the Noma restaurant opened its doors in Copenhagen, going on to be selected as the ‘Best Restaurant in the World’ year after year.
The creative mind behind Noma is the Macedonian-born René Redzepi, who escaped the Yugoslavian conflict to Denmark as a child. He began cooking ambitious dishes using only locally-sourced ingredients. His food is a celebration of mushrooms, mosses and herrings. In this documentary by Pierre Deschamps, we get to see how each dish in Noma is created like a work of art.
Despite the beauty of the food, emotions are boiling over behind the pots and pans. The film follows the most trying years of René Redzepi’s life: At his thirties, he is the owner of ‘the Best Restaurant in the World’ but, from the top, the only way is down. Problems arise with the staff, and the restaurant is hit by a norovirus outbreak. However, the strong-willed Redzepi is prepared to fight his way back to the top.
Taina Vuokko / Translation: Liina Härkönen
- Director: Pierre Deschamps
- Country: UK
- Year: 2015
- Length: 95 min
- Age limit: null
- Cinematography: Pierre Deschamps
- Editing: Mike Brook
- Production: Etta Deschamps/Documentree Films Ltd.
- Cinema Artis, hall 1: Friday 27.01 - 19:30