Gerard Ortín Castellví
Spain, 21 min
“Solein” is the name of a protein which has the potential to enable humanity to reduce the carbon-footprint of their food production. With irony, Gerard Ortín Castellví accompanies this speculative discourse with images of a production workshop that makes plastic food for cinema. A surprising film for all tastes and palates.
“Solein” is the name of a new protein, generated from water, electricity and CO2 collected in the air. It can be produced in any atmosphere, from the desert to the Antarctic. With it, humanity could develop food with a reduced carbon footprint. In short, this new technology would enable us to consume ever more calories while complying with the Paris Agreement. With irony, Gerard Ortín Castellví accompanies this speculative discourse with images shot in a workshop that produces plastic replicas of food for the film industry. These accessories, ranging from lettuce to roast chicken, are carefully made and their appearance is sometimes surprisingly appetising. With great inventiveness, Future Foods produces a quirky rhetoric on the relationship between technology, industry and ecology. Critical and fun, this short film is both a science-fiction film and a tribute to a certain artisanal craft from the world of cinema. A surprising piece for all tastes and palates.