MFAH | SUN NOV 11 | 4:30 PM
Director: Felipe Ugarte, Juantxo Sardón
Cinematographer: Juantxo Sardón
Editor: Iñigo Kintana
Cast: Andoni Aduriz
Running time: 72 min.
Mugaritz restaurant in Errenteria, Spain, was voted the fourth best in the world by Restaurant magazine in 2008. Its chef, Andoni Luis Aduriz, has a self-described “techno-emotional” approach to cuisine. Over the past three years, musician Felipe Ugarte has studied Aduriz’s culinary formulas. Ugarte transforms his thorough knowledge about the history, technique, philosophy, ingredients and presentation of each dish into a song that reflects those same aspirations through music. The results are captured in this stunning film exploring the avant-garde in both fields.
Director Juantxo Sardón documented the project in its entirety, from the preparation of dishes and trips in search of melodies to studio recordings. The result is a beautifully photographed exploration of the creative processes behind gastronomy and their transformation into the field of musical creation, which takes full advantage of the rich variety of color and textures that both worlds offer.
The journey starts in Mugaritz, where chef Andoni Luis Aduriz and musician Felipe Ugarte meet to discuss the philosophy, form and ingredients of the dishes at Mugaritz. Ugarte’s desire to produce a sonorous world that is faithful to each dish leads him to search for soundscapes in the mountains of Gipuzkoa, in the pastures of Extremadura, and in the Galician Sea. Sardón’s camera follows Ugarte as he rounds up and records exceptional musicians and unusual instruments from around the world, and we hear the results as the food is prepared. Then, we dream about a trip to Spain…