A documentary film by Slovak director Peter Kerekeš entitled 'Cooking History' has won the main award - the Golden Hugo - at the 45th Chicago International Film Festival, in the documentary category.
The Slovak director's film was selected from among 13 documentaries listed in the 'Docufest' category. The three-member jury said they appreciated its "originality, humour and unusual points of view on war, which shock, entertain and teach us lessons".
Cooking History, which was made as an Austrian-Slovak-Czech co-production, presents the dramatic stories of military cooks and tells how the daily needs of thousands of 'armed stomachs' have influenced the victory or defeat of statesmen throughout history. The film points out that the performance of cooks can influence the morale and conduct of soldiers on the battlefield, and is thus able to have a significant impact on history.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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21. Oct 2009 at 10:00