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Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 04/2013

Food and sex, that’s the gourmet dish of the day served up by DER KOCH, quite literally!

Start with simple but high quality ingredients: A man, whose ability and finesse in the kitchen can get any woman into the bedroom afterwards, except he is much to upright to do any such thing; A woman, who falls for him but also senses there is a huge and profitable business to be made here; Her lover, who will happily go to bed with men as well as long as the price is right, and it’s a high one; And their customer, who uses all three of them to give his own affairs a boost.

What we are talking about in DER KOCH is ‘Love Food’, for those discrete tête-à-tête moments, coupled with today’s politics, a pinch of love story, some exoticism and desire – served as fresh as it comes and spicy too!

Maravan, aged 24, is a Tamil asylum seeker in Switzerland, working as casual help in a highly rated, gourmet restaurant in Zurich. It is also well below his own standards, because he is a gifted and highly passionate cook. In Sri Lanka his grandmother initiated him in the culinary arts, not least in the secrets of aphrodisiacal cuisine.

When Maravan loses his job his colleague Andrea persuades him into a deal of the special kind: a joint catering venture for love menus. They start by cooking for couples, to whom they are introduced by a sex therapist. But the success of ‘Love Food’ soon gets out and around, and a very different, not to say much more lucrative, clientele shows its interest; men from the worlds of politics and business, some of whom prove to be quite shadowy.

Hired to cook for an arms dealer, who is also supplying both sides in the civil war in his homeland, Maravan seizes the opportunity to finally take his own fate in his hands...

Genre Literature
Category Feature
Director Ralf Huettner
Screenplay Ruth Toma
Cinematography Tommy Wildner
Cast Hamza Jeetooa, Jessica Schwarz, Natalie Perera, Hanspeter Müller-Drossaart, Yrsa Daley-Ward, Peter Prager, Corinna Kirchhoff
Producers Helge Sasse, Sonja Ewers, Anne Walser, Peter Nadermann
Production Companies Senator Film Köln/Cologne, C-Films/Zurich, Network Movie
Shooting Dates June-July 2013
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, BKM, German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, Schweizer Bundesamt für Kultur (BAK), Zürcher Filmstiftung
German Distributor Senator Film Verleih/Berlin

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