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Slow Food Story (2013)

J.A.A. Purves

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The founder of the Slow Food movement is Carlo Petrini who, in 1989, launched it in Paris as an international “resistance” movement against fast food. Today, Slow Food is present in 150 countries and promotes worldwide the use of “good, clean and fair food”. All this started among good friends in Bra, the Italian province: Carlo Petrini and others who never really left Italy but knew that this initiative wasn’t going to be “low profile”.

What Petrini did was to understand earlier than most, the role that food would later play in our lives, and that the future needed to fight for healthy and ethical food, with local producers and informed consumers.

Stefano Sardo wanted to depict this fairy tale that became a reality on film, and in doing so, it inevitably concerns Petrini’s life, which is the Slow Food movement.

It’s an honour for all food lovers worldwide to be represented at the Berlin Festival with such an important key-theme that hopefully will raise even more awareness on the subject.


From the tiny town of Bra, home to some 27,000 inhabitants, the Slow Food movement has grown to become a revolution, that now has roots in more than 150 countries. 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.

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