FEBRUARY 21, 22 & 23 \\ Centro Cultural El Nigromante
2019 Selected Films
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.
(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.
(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.
(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)
(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