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Wine Country Film Festival 2013

Slow Food Story

Directed by Stefano Sardo

Documentary, Food On Film, International / Italy / 2013 / Biography, Food, Healing/Health, Human Relationships, Wine / 74 mins / Italian / West Coast Premiere

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Slow Food Story preceded by Make Haste Slowly: The Kikkoman Creed

The Dunbar Elementary School
September 29, 2013 4:45 pm


This is the story of a revolution. A slow revolution, a revolution at a snail’s pace. One that’s been going on now for 25 years and still shows no signs of coming to a stop. Its founder is Carlo Petrini, better known as “Carlín.” He’s the man who invented Slow Food and Terra Madre. In 1986 Carlín founded the ArciGola gastronomic association in Italy and, three years later in Paris, launched Slow Food, an international anti-fast food resistance movement. Without ever leaving his native Bra, a small town of 27,000 inhabitants, he has created a movement that now spans 150 countries and has transformed gastronomy forever. Cheese-makers, vintners, and artisanal food folk, toast Slow Food for bringing about a change in consciousness that shook the very foundation of gastronomy. Director Stefano Sardo brings a decidedly down home approach, as he follows Carlo and his close-knit group of friends, from their earliest days as political radicals, to later struggles with unexpected tragedy. A joyous romp of a film, filled with all manner of delectable scenes of food, drink and song, Slow Food amply demonstrates that adventure is best served in heaping helpings. Slow Food Story tells the tale of a group of friends in the provinces. It’s a story of pranks and political passions, of restaurants and rediscovered peasant rites, of wine and journeys and gambles, some won and some lost but all taken with the same unsinkable, grouchy irony. The film shows how even the most important cultural adventures can be born of a tongue-in-cheek approach to life.

Director's Bio

Born in Bra in 1972, Stefano Sardo has written a number of film treatments and screenplays. He has scripted La Doppia Ora, directed by Giuseppe Capotondi, which earned a nomination for the EFA awards, and received the Coppa Volpi at the 66th Venice Film Festival; Tatanka, directed by Giuseppe Gagliardi; and Workers – Pronti a tutto, directed by Lorenzo Vignolo. He is currently working on 1992, a series for Sky Italia, created in collaboration with Ludovica Rampoldi and Alessandro Fabbri. Together with Rampoldi and Fabbri he has also written the American remake of La Doppia Ora (The Double Hour) for Fox Searchlight and Il Ragazzo Invisibile, to be directed by Gabriele Salvatores. He also writes treatments and screenplays for numerous Italian TV series, including the Italian adaptation of In Treatment. An expert on cinema and food, he was the director of Slow Food on Film, an international festival held in Bologna in 2008?9. Since 1996 he has been the director of Corto in Bra, an international short film festival. He has written numerous short stories and a novel, L’America delle Kessler (Ed. Arcana, 2002). Last but not least, he is the leader of the Mambassa, an Italian rock band with five albums under their belt.

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Producer: Carlotta Calori, Francesca Cima, Nicola Giuliano
Screenwriter: Stefano Sardo
Cinematographer: Giuseppe Gallo, Giovanni Giommi
Editor: Stefano Cravero
Music: Valerio Vigliar
Featuring: Carlo Petrini, Azio Citi

Preceded By

  1. Make Haste Slowly: The Kikkoman Creed

    Lucy Walker / Documentary, Food On Film, International, Shorts / Japan, USA / 2012 / Agriculture/Viticulture, Art, Buddhism, Cultural, Food, Japan, Philosophy / 24 mins
    This film explores an almost 400-year-old Japanese company, the impact it had on a small farming community in Middle America and the art of naturally brewing soy sauce. Founded by a woman in feudal Japan, Kikkoman has been guided by a family creed handed down for 19 generations. Each article of the creed serves as a thematic chapter for this amazing story of shogun warlords, culinary craftsmanship and lifelong friendships.

    IN PERSON: Producer Jon Drawbaugh

    Precedes: Slow Food Story

Dates & Times

Slow Food Story preceded by Make Haste Slowly: The Kikkoman Creed

The Dunbar Elementary School
September 29, 2013 4:45 pm