NVFF 2019: ‘Culinary Cinema’ Selections

One of the best things about the programming for the annual Napa Valley Film Festival is the ‘Culinary Cinema’ category. This section of the Fest has food and wine related films, and it’s always the perfect match for a festival held in the heart of California’s wine country (November 13-17, 2019).

This year’s lineup sounds better than ever, with five distinct films screening in the category.


A Taste of Sky

A Taste of Sky follows two students from Gustu, the groundbreaking cooking school and fine-dining restaurant in Bolivia founded by NOMA’s Claus Meyer. As the film unfolds we uncover what has driven this European chef to come to Latin America, and begin to see the parallels that tie seemingly disparate backgrounds. A Taste of Sky is an exploration of family, mentorship, and legacy – all viewed through the powerful lens of food.

Film Details

Director

Michael Lei

Producer(s)

Andrew Renzi, Kevin Iwashina, Michael Lei, Abby Davis, Jess Kwan

Run Time

85 min

Key Cast

Claus Meyer, Kenzo Hirose, Maria Claudia Kantuta


Breaking Bread

In Breaking Bread, exotic cuisine and a side of politics are on the menu. Dr. Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, the first Muslim Arab to win Israel’s MasterChef television competition, is on a quest to make social change through food. In an effort to effect change, she founded the A-sham Arabic Food Festival in Haifa, Israel, which pairs of Arab and Jewish chefs collaborate on local dishes.

Film Details

Director

Beth Elise Hawk

Producer

Beth Elise Hawk

Run Time

86 min


Funke

Evan Funke was one of the hottest young chefs in Los Angeles when he walked away from his critically-acclaimed and wildly popular restaurant, Bucato. Years later, Evan plans his comeback; eyeing one of the most competitive and expensive streets in America as a stage for the dying art of handmade pasta. He battles many obstacles on the road to opening a new restaurant that he hopes will repair the mistakes of his past and eventually become his legacy.

Film Details

Director(s)

Alexander Emanuele, Gab Taraboulsy

Producer(s)

Alexander Emanuele, Jay Holzer, Cecile Murias, Gab Taraboulsy

Run Time

90 min

Key Cast

Evan Funke, Janet Zuccarini, Nancy Silverton, Jon Shook, Vinny Dotolo


Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy

Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy provides an intimate and candid glimpse into the curious world of Diana Kennedy. Diana is a 96-year-old British ex-pat who is widely regarded as the world’s academic expert on Mexican cuisine. Author of nine acclaimed cookbooks, she has spent nearly seventy years researching Mexico’s varied and complex culinary fare. Diana is a legendary force of nature in the culinary world, and definitely isn’t afraid to speak her mind.

Film Details

Director

Elizabeth Carroll

Producer

Gina Abatemarco

Run Time

72 min

Key Cast

Diana Kennedy


Nose to Tail

Nose to Tail follows Daniel, a talented yet abrasive chef and restaurateur. Daniel’s upscale restaurant has run successfully for years, but financial difficulties have caused him to take desperate measures. Over the course of one fateful and increasingly frantic day, he faces an onslaught of private trials and professional tribulations in a desperate bid to beat the odds and save the business that he’s sacrificed virtually everything in his life to build.

Film Details

Director(s)

Jesse Zigelstein

Producer(s)

Douglas Nyback, Tony Wosk

Writer(s)

Jesse Zigelstein

Run Time

82 min

Key Cast

Aaron Abrams, Lara Jean Chorostecki, Salvatore Antonio, Ennis Esmer, Carolina Bartczak, Lauren Collins, Brandon McKnight, Genevieve Kang


 

To read more about these films and to watch trailers, visit the NVFF official site.

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