France 2022, 85 min, English, Faroese and French, Hebrew & English subtitles

“If you didn’t kill the animal, you have no right to eat its meat”—so goes the saying among the Danish Faroe Islanders, who keep hunting whales and preparing their delicacies from their meat, as did their ancestors before them. The hunt, locally known as the “Grind,” has ritual significance, with whales once being the islanders’ primary source of sustenance. Now, they denounce the demands to stop hunting whales as hypocritical because the industrialized slaughterhouses of the meat industry are neither more civilized nor more eco-friendly. Director Vincent Kelner gives room to the arguments for and against whale hunting (identity and tradition versus terrible cruelty) and lets the viewers form their own opinions, although the fate of the whales might be decided not by a moral debate, but by the threat of marine pollution.

Previous Festivals: CPH:DOX

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Screening Schedule:
  • Sun 29.05 | 16:45 | Cinematheque 4
  • Wed 01.06 | 18:30 | Cinematheque 2
  • Watch Online | The film will be available From May 26th until June 5th

As journalist and DOP, Vincent Kelner has worked for TV productions in France and around the world over the last 20 years. A TASTE OF WHALE is the second documentary feature he has written and directed.

Production: Remi Grellety
Production Company: Warboys
Editing: Olivier Marzin
Cinematography: Vincent Kelner
Sound Design: Vincent Kelner, Thomas Desjonquères, Guillaume D'ham, Simon Poupard, Pierre-Jean Labrusse
Music: Merryn Jeann

Source: Films Boutique