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    There’s more to cooking on camera than Top Chef, and despite films like Big Night or Julie and Julia that have inspired foodies across the country to run out and prepare elaborate meals, it’s rare that we get a cinematic look at how ordinary folks cook every day. It might not be the first thing that comes up when people talk about Chantal Akerman’s masterpiece Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, but one of the features that make this film so strangely compelling is the attention it pays to the simple routines of cooking. Without moving her camera, Akerman follows her heroine’s every move as she prepares meat loaf, breads cutlets, and peels potatoes. The style may be objective, but the effect is highly personal.

    What does it look like when you cook on camera? Now’s your chance to show us! In honor of the release of Jeanne Dielman on DVD, we’re sponsoring the world’s first Jeanne Dielman–Criterion Collection Cooking Video Contest. Make a video of yourself (or someone else) cooking 1) meat loaf, 2) cutlets, or 3) potatoes, and upload it as a video response to Jeanne Dielman–Criterion Collection Cooking Video Contest on YouTube. There will be two prizes. The winner of the Audience Award, the most popular entry as voted on by the YouTube community, will receive a $100 gift certificate to the Criterion Collection website. A Grand Prize winner, to be selected by the staff of the Criterion Collection, will receive a new PlayStation 3, Criterion's reference Blu-ray player. Submissions are welcome from anywhere in the world, but only U.S. and Canadian entries will be eligible for prizes. The deadline is September 28, 2009.

9 comments

  • By Cesar A. Villalta
    September 01, 2009
    10:47 AM

    This is a terrific idea from the staff of Criterion Collection to get your products across, because this is one of the very few company that you want to see it grow BIG ! ! ! And every film that is release is a real treat for filmfantics.
    Reply
  • By Brian Rose
    September 01, 2009
    12:33 PM

    Is there a time limit on the submission?
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  • By Teena Wolfe
    September 10, 2009
    07:51 AM

    I love it!
    Reply
  • By greg dodds
    September 11, 2009
    04:40 AM

    Excellent
    Reply
  • By hihuy
    September 14, 2009
    12:08 PM

    you should advetise, get more entries! or at least on your next video contest. i sure will make a video. AK
    Reply
  • By spymonkey
    September 24, 2009
    11:27 PM

    gross! interesting, but gross! that sound is too much for me, the squishing of the meatloaf as she kneads it to death...ugh!
    Reply
  • By Rene
    September 26, 2009
    03:31 AM

    Like the first guy, this is the only company we want to see grow bigger and bigger, all movies should be like yours, sadly I cant participate cause I'm in mexico and I had a very good idea but well II'll have to keep buying your movies, BTW are you some day doing something of Darren aronofsky? I'd like thar very much
    Reply
  • By David
    September 29, 2009
    09:28 AM

    My response is here, http://www.vimeo.com/6803182.
    Reply
  • By MC
    July 30, 2010
    01:01 PM

    SPYMONKEY, You've never made meatloaf?
    Reply

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