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Beyond Books: A Film Fest of Food

In January, for our Thursday afternoon movie series, we will be showing a variety of films related to the theme of "food".  We will have two English language films, a Danish film and a documentary; a veritable smorgasbord for all.

On January 7th the film will be "Chocolat", starring Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench and Johnny Depp.  A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community.

On January 14th the film is "Babette's Feast" a Danish language film from 1987.  In 19th century Denmark, two adult sisters live in an isolated village with their father and although they can leave, they choose to stay with him.  Then Babette enters their lives and things begin to change.

On January 21st we will be showing the documentary "Sturgeon Queens".  Four generations of a Jewish immigrant family create Russ & Daughters, a Lower East Side lox and herring emporium that survives and thrives to this day.

The film for January 28th will be "The Hundred-Foot Journey" with Helen Mirren.  The Kadam family leaves India for France where they open an Indian restaurant directly across the road from Madame Mallory's Michelin-starred eatery. Madame Mallory is not happy, to say the least.

There are also other food related films, both entertainment and documentaries that deal with this "delicious" subject.

"Jiro Dreams of Sushi" (DVD DOC 641.5092 Jir) is a documentary on 85-year old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and heir to his "empire".

"Deli Man" (DVD DOC 647.9509 Deli) is a documentary that looks at the history of delicatessens in the United States. In particular, it focuses on Ziggy Gruber a 3rd generation deli man whose grandfather opened the first Kosher deli on Broadway in New York City in the 1920's. 

There is also a foreign film called "The Lunchbox" (Foreign Film - India) which I showed last year at our Thursday film series.  A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famous lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife and an older man as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox.  This is a wonderful film which our audience members really loved.

Other food-themed films are "Big Night" with Stanley Tucci; "Waitress", with Keri Russell and "I Am Love", an Italian film starring Tilda Swinton.

I hope you will be able to join us on Thursdays at 2:00 but, if you can't, take out one of our many DVDs, pop the popcorn....and enjoy!

Till next time........

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