2019 Selected Films
2020 Documentary - World Premiere - Opening Event
FRIDAY - February 21st, at 12:00 noon
“Cooking Nature” World premiere documentary film by Food in Film Festival Opening Event guest chef Daniel Nates, Maizal, Puebla.
2016 S. Pellegrino Best Young Chef. 2019 Food & Wine Best Chef.
A tribute to deep Mexico. Based on the natural flavors of the land.
35 min. Spanish voice. English introduction. World premiere.
The movie, set in the vineyards of Northern California in the months right after World War II, tells the story of a young man and woman who meet at a time of crisis in both of their lives, who agree to pretend to be married, and who end up desperately in love just when the pretense is about to fail. The plot lovingly constructs one barrier after another to their happiness, so that we can rejoice as each one falls, only to be even more alarmed at the next. And it sets their story in a place of breathtaking beauty. The director is Alfonso Arau, the Mexican filmmaker with "Like Water for Chocolate." English.
CUNA DE TIERRA
@HOME IN SAN MIGUEL
(2017) Documentary, Biography with Ted Allan, Luke Barr, Daniel Boulud
SATURDAY - February 22nd, at 12:00 noon
This documentary tells the story of the Portland, Oregon native, who had the first cooking show on television (1945); who was the author of 22 cookbooks along with a syndicated newspaper column and countless magazine pieces; and who ran an acclaimed cooking school out of his townhouse in New York City. James Beard introduced Julia Child to New York, boosting her place as a culinary grande dame. Child in turn once said, “I may have brought French cooking to America, but Jim brought American cooking to America.” He was a pioneer of the farm-to-table movement. The film weaves the biography of the man the New York Times deemed “the Dean of American Cookery” while painting a gastronomic family tree. English.
VINEDO SAN MIGUEL
SATURDAY - February 22nd, at 5:00 pm
Hortense Laborie is astonished when the President of the Republic appoints her his personal cook, responsible for creating all his meals at the Élysée Palace. Despite jealous resentment from the other kitchen staff, Hortense quickly establishes herself, thanks to her indomitable spirit. The authenticity of her cooking soon seduces the President, but the corridors of power are littered with traps.
French comedy-drama that is based on the true story of Danièle Mazet-Delpeuch and how she was appointed as the private chef for Francois Mitterrand. French voice. English subtitles.
(2017) Documentary by Filmmaker Aube Giroux
SUNDAY - February 23rd, at 12:00 noon
In the award-winning new documentary Modified, the filmmaker and her mother embark on a very personal and poignant investigative journey to find out why genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not labeled on food products in the United States and Canada, despite being labeled in 64 countries around the world. English.
A German Israeli production directed by Ofir Raul Graizer.
SUNDAY - February 23rd, at 5:00 pm
Thomas, a young German baker, is having an affair with Oren, an Israeli married man who has frequent business visits in Berlin. When Oren dies in a car crash in Israel, Thomas travels to Jerusalem seeking for answers regarding his death. Under a secret identity, Thomas infiltrates into the life of Anat, his lover's newly widowed wife. The encounter with the unfamiliar reality will make Thomas involved in Anat's life in a way far beyond his anticipation, and to protect the truth he will stretch his lie to a point of no return. A movie about love, loss and pastry. 98% Rotten Tomatoes. German. English subtitles.
Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent
Produced by Chef Anthony Bourdain
THURSDAY - February 21st, at 12:00 noon
Tells the intriguing and mysterious story about the life of the self-taught celebrated chef Jeremiah Tower. One of the most controversial and influential figures in the history of American Gastronomy, “The California Kitchen”. The documentary tracks the stormy career of the man who rose to fame as the chef at Chez Panisse in Berkley, California and then at his own San Francisco restaurant “Stars”, who chose, at the height of his career, to leave the restaurant business and retreat to a beach in Mexico.
PURA VIDA KITCHEN
(2000) British/American Comedy with Kyra Sedgwick
THURSDAY - February 21st, at 5:00 pm
What’s Cooking interweaves the workings of four diverse Los Angeles households—African-American, Jewish, Latino and Vietnamese—as they prepare for a Thanksgiving dinner. What happens when families come together for Thanksgiving? Almost anything.The holiday agenda is spiced up with culture clashes, generation gaps and lifestyle conflicts.You are invited to a tasty Thanksgiving dinner that will transport you to four different worlds.
Julie & Julia
(2009) Comedy/drama with Meryl Streep
FRIDAY - February 22nd, at 12:00 noon
The film contrasts the life of chef Julia Childs in the early years of her culinary career with the life of a young New Yorker, Julie Powell. Julie decides to spice up her uneventful life by cooking all 524 recipes from Julia Childs’ classic cookbook, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” in 365 days while blogging about her experiences. You will feel hunger pangs all the way through the film. Platters of boeuf bourguignon, sole meunière, fresh oysters and calf’s liver. All served with crusty baguettes and a dessert of fromage blanc. A nice story of two happily married women overcoming minor obstacles to find themselves as cooks and writers.
LINNEA RUFO EVENTS
& CASA MADERO
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
(1989) A British/French romantic, dark comedy and crime film
with Helen Mirren.
FRIDAY - February 22nd, at 5:00 pm
Set almost entirely in a French Restaurant, Le Hollandaise, this bold controversial film is a widely exuberant satanical examination of excess, bad taste and great acting. The film follows the exploits of a ruthless and barbaric British gangster whose long-suffering wife forges a relationship with one of the restaurants patrons behind his back. It boasts a full menu of a sumptuously grotesque story of sex, jealousy and eating.
This is a no-mercy assault on the mind and senses. Daring and shocking, not a film for the timid. (Adults only)
Hecho Con Amor Catering
Beer by Hank's
(2015) Biography/documentary by Filmmaker Erika Frankel
SATURDAY - February 23rd, at 12:00 noon
King Georges is a wonderful documentary about a short tempered but brilliant French chef Georges Perrier and his crusade to save his world-renowned 40-year-old Philadelphia restaurant Le Bec-Fin from closing. On the menu of this tasty documentary is a portrait of America’s finest French restaurant trying to stay relevant in the new culinary world.
King Georges is the bittersweet tale of a restaurant tyrant.
An American remake of Ang Lee's “Eat Drink Man Woman”.
SATURDAY - February 23rd, at 5:00 pm
Martin Naranjo is a retired Mexican–American chef, widower and father of three grown daughters, whose sense of taste is failing but not his taste for life. He cooks elaborate meals for his daughters that will make your mouth water. He tries to influence their decisions about career and romance with equal emphasis on taste buds and heartstrings. There is no doubt that food is a major player and that the film belongs in the cinematic category of culinary porn. “Tortilla Soup” is all about love for food and the love of family