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Food & Eating in Film

301/302 (South Korea, 1995)

Directed by Chul-Soo Park. Cast: Eun-jin Bang and Sin-Hye Hwang. "Two women are neighbors in an apartment building: one is an obsessive professional cook (in room 301), the other an anorexic writer (room 302). A young policeman is investigating the disappearance of the woman from room 302. Through flashbacks, we learn the nature of the two women's relationship: the cook tries to cure her neighbor by preparing fabulous meals for her every night - only to have them left untouched." (from Screen Cuisine) 100 min.

A Chef In Love (Mille et une recettes du cuisinier amoureux; Shekvarebuli kulinaris ataserti retsepti) (France / Georgia / Ukraine / Belgium, 1997)

Director, Nana Djordjadze. Cast: Pierre Richard, Micheline Presle, Nino Kirtadze Jean-Yves Gautier, Temour Kamkhadze. French chef Pascal Ichac travels to pre-Soviet Georgia to collect recipes. What he finds is a movable feast of food, music and festivals, along with an adventuresome travel companion, the princess Cecilia. But their romantic idyll is soon threatened by the barbarism of the Russian revolution. 100 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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A Matter of Taste (Une Affaire de Gout) (France, 1999)

Directed by Bernard Rapp. Cast: Bernard Giraudeau, Jean-Pierre Lorit, Florence Thomassin. Frederic Delamont, a wealthy businessman, hires Nicolas, a young waiter, to be his personal food taster--with escalating stakes. Delamont's shrewd, bizarre plan is to make Nicolas into a counterpart so sensitive that he can anticipate and share all of his employer's exact tastes. 88 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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Alice Adams (1935)

Directed by George Stevens. Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Fred MacMurray, Fred Stone, Evelyn Venable, Hattie McDaniel. Social climber Alice tries to push her clodhopper family to the background and assumes airs to win the love of an amiable, wealthy young man. In this tender comedy of Americana and manners each must overcome the obstacles of their backgrounds for their love to flourish.

American Adobo (Philippines / USA, 2001)

Director, Laurice Guillen. Cast: Christopher de Leon, Dina Bonnevie, Ricky Davao, Cherry Pie Picache, Paolo Montalban, Randy Becker, Keesha Sharp, Gloria Romero. A story of five filipino American friends living in New York City, conflicted with their life choices and destinies, as they party away - sharing laughs, secrets, recipes and romance. An uniquely American story about what it means to be an immigrant in a land where it seems everyone is searching for an identity. 103 min.

Annie Hall (1977)

Directed by Woody Allen, Cast: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Carol Kane, Paul Simon. A romantic and sensitive comedy revolving around the diverse and diverting relationships of two nervous New Yorkers, Alvie Singer and Annie Hall.

Ape

Animated short. Directed by Julie Zammarchi. A grouchy, married couple battle daily over their nightly dinner of cooked, whole monkey.

Austin Powers, The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)

Directed by Jay Roach. Cast: Mike Myers, Heather Graham, Michael York, Rob Lowe, Robert Wagner, Seth Green and Elizabeth Hurley. "The best opening credits of the 1999 summer movie season belonged to this outrageous sequel, in which the titles flash while breads, meats, and produce are strategically placed in front of characters' naked physiques. This several-minute buffet of visual puns includes melons held in front of breasts, a male groin hidden by a salami, and a baked ham to mask the bum of cheeky Agent Powers (Mike Myers).

Autumn Moon (Qiuyue) (Hong Kong / Japan, 1992)

Directed by Clara Law. Cast: Masatoshi Nagase, Li Pui Wai, Choi Siu Wan, Maki Kiuchi. Set in contemporary Hong Kong, a young Japanese tourist is bargain-shopping and looking for food, sex, or preferably both. He meets a fifteen-year-old waif and the friendship that develops allows the young man's passion for food to be assuaged by the girl's grandmother, the wielder of a magic wok. But sex is a different matter than friendship--which is what this film is really about. 102 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Babette's Feast (Babettes gæstebud) (Denmark, 1987)

Directed by Gabriel Axel. Cast: Stephane Audran, Bodil Kjer, Brigitte Federspiel, Jarl Kulle, Jean Philippe Lafant, Bibi Andersson, Henning Kristiansen Dee. On the desolate coast of Denmark, two elderly, religious women take in a young woman to be their housekeepr and cook, not knowing she is a superb French chef. When the chef, Babette, wins a large sum of money, she decides to spend it all creating a magnificent meal for the simple villagers. Based on a story by Isak Dineson. In Danish and French, with English subtitles. 102 min.

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