Eric Khoo's "Wanton Mee" joins 66th Berlinale

Writer: Florey DM

"Wanton Mee" will be screened at the Berlinale's Culinary Cinema section.

19 Jan – Director Eric Khoo and yet another of his food-titled movie will be heading to the 66th Berlinale – Berlin International Film Festival.

"Wanton Mee" will be making its German premiere as it represents Singapore at the festival's 10th Culinary Cinema, to be held from this 14 to 16 February.

According to the festival's press release, one Michelin star chef Alexander Dressel, along with some of the "Jeunes Restaurateurs", will be serving the themed menu for the screening.

The docufiction tells of the transformation of Singapore's street food scene, which results in the loss in life quality.

Last year, "Wanton Mee" was also screened at another prestigious festival's culinary section, namely the 63rd San Sebastian Film Festival's Culinary Zinema section.

Eric previously attended the Berlinale with his feature directorial debut, "Mee Pok Man". The 1995 movie is touted as the movie that placed Singapore back on the map after what was deemed a silent decade for local cinema industry since the 1980s.

A still from "Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis".

Another movie, a Singapore-Philippine production, "A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery" ("Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis"), will be joining the main competition section of the Berlinale. This marks the first time for Singapore to be represented in the section.

Helmed by Filipino director Lav Diaz, the movie, starring the likes of Piolo Pascual and John Lloyd Cruz, is set during the Philippine Revolution of 1896 and tells of the search for the body of Andres Bonifacio.

The movie is set to make its world premiere at the festival on 18 February.

The 66th Berlin International Film Festival takes place from 11 to 21 February 2016.

Cinema Online, 19 January 2016

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