Feast for the Eyes – A Food and Wine Film Festival
October 25 - 28
Film Society of Minneapolis-St. Paul, St. Anthony Main Theater, 115 Main Street SE
The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul invites Twin Cities audiences to celebrate the culture, art and science of food and wine from around the world.
Included in the Feast for the Eyes program will be a selection of classic and contemporary national and international, narrative and documentary feature-length foodie flicks, as well as a program of local, national and international shorts programmed by Vita.mn, entitled Small Bites.
Feast will include a number of not-to-be-missed events throughout the long weekend at which audiences will be treated to tasting and sampling opportunities paired with select films.
Here is a partial list:
Lucien and Regina are foragers - they gather wild mushrooms and sell them to New York restaurants. Their lifestyle is simple, their income unstable. As Regina seeks more stability and Lucien wants to devote himself to full-time nomadic foraging, their individual desires put the marriage to a test.
(Dir. Jason Cortlund, Julia Halperin, USA, 2012, 93 min)
Set in the exciting San Francisco restaurant scene, and inspired by real chefs and the writers' real-life experiences in the restaurant business, Trattoriafollows Chef Sartini who must learn with the help of his son to rekindle his passion for cooking and life, or risk losing everything.
(Dir. Jason Wolos, USA, 2012, 105 min)
Focusing on ten Michelin three-star chefs. Three Stars depicts the everyday drama of life in gourmet restaurants with exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes access to some of the world's most talented chefs as they work in their gastronomic laboratories, hunt for exquisite ingredients in local markets, and gather rare edible plants along rough coastlines.
(Dir. Lutz Hachmeister, France/Spain/The Netherlands/Denmark/USA/Japan, 2011, 90 min)
Spain's Mugaritz restaurant is known as one of the 50 best restaurants in the world. It's chef, Andoni Luis Adruiz, has a self-described "techno-emotional" approach ito cuisine. Over the past three years, musician Felipe Ugarte has studied the meaning, preparation and history of Aduriz's culinary formulas and has fused them with the language of music. The result is this stunning aural exploration of the creative processes behind gastronomy.
(Dir. Felipe Ugarte, Juantxo Sardon, Spain, 2011, 72 min)
Trouble is cooking for widower and master chef Chu (Sihung Lung) who's about to discover that no matter how dazzling and delicious his culinary creations might be, they're no match for the libidinous whims of his three beautiful but rebellious daughters. As relationships sour, Chu concots a sure-fire recipe that will bring his family back together: a lover affait to rival his daughters' affections! (Park Circus)
(Dir. Ang Lee, Taiwan, 1995, 124 min, in Mandarin w/English Subtitles)
Sushi... hungry. Sushi... must... kill.
Director Noboru Iguchi has brought audiences around the world machine-gun school girls, karate robots, and toilet zombies. Killer sushi seems the next logical step. This ridiculous concept is delivered in Iguchi's usual crazy style, with heaping helpings of blood, comedy, nudity, action, awkward situations, and even a bit of pathos. (Dir. Noburo Iguchi, Japan, 2012, 91 min, in Japanese w/English Subtitles)
Babette, a Parisian fugitive from the 1871 Commune of Paris uprising, is taken into the poor fishing village home of two puritanical spinsters who consider food beyond oatmeal almost sinful. When Babette by chance comes into money, show blows it all on serving up the ultimate gourmet meal for the dazed villagers. 1988 Best Foreign Film Academy Award Winner. (Danish Film Institute)
(Dir. Gabriel Axel, Denmark, 1987, 102 min)
In one of Paris' finest restaurants, Remy, a determined young rat, dreams of becoming a renowned French chef. Torn between his family's wishes and his true calling, Remy and his pal Linguini set in motion a hilarious chain of events that turns th City of Lights upside down. (Disney)
(Dir. Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava USA, 2007, 111 min)
A celebrity at a restaurant owned by two Italian immigrant brothers (Stanley Tucci & Tony Shalhoub) promises to turn their failing business around. This sharp-witted comedy also featuring Isabella Rosellini, and Minnie Driver.
(Dir. Campbell Scott, Stanley Tucci, USA, 1996, 107 min)