2020 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.