10 October 2013

The 4th Annual Tokyo Food Lovers Film Festival (第4回東京ごはん映画祭)

A festival that brings together “delicious films” and “delicious food”.

Dates:  October 12th – 18th, 2013
Locations: Omotesando Hills and the Image Forum Theatre
【場所】1214:表参道ヒルズ スペース オー1218:シアター・イメージフォーラ

The Tokyo Food Lovers Film Festival is back for its fourth year with a mixture of festival favourites, classic foodie films, and some new films with a food theme.  What makes this film festival unique is that they partner with local chefs and restaurants to pair dishes with the films, making the film screenings a delight not only for the eyes and ears but also for the audience's senses of taste, smell, and touch.

Films that have shown at the festival before include the documentaries eatrip and El Bulli: Cooking in Progress, as well as the much loved indie fare Amélie and Bagdad Café.  This year sees a number of recent documentaries including heartfelt films Ten no Shizuku, Reviving Recipes, and Iranian Cookbook, not to mention the internationally acclaimed Jiro Dreams of Sushi.  There are also recent feature films such as the high school girl comedy-drama Otome no Recipe, Amole Gupte’s award-winning Stanley’s Tiffin Box (aka Stanley’s Lunch Box), and Ken Loach’s Cannes Jury Prize winner The Angel’s Share.  Other films I highly recommend are Louis Malle’s beautifully shot anarchic comedy Zazie dans le métro and Wong Kai-Wai’s dynamic Chungking Express.

This years films and their accompanying dishes:

Girl’s Recipes / Otome no recipe『乙女のレシピ』
Mitsuhiro Mihara, JAPAN, feature, 2012
Starring: Miho Kanazawa, Airi Kido, Mika Akizuki, Erena Watanabe and Mio Yuki
Dish:  Chef Okuda Original Dish
Special Guests: Chef Okuda, members of the cast

eatrip eatrip
Yuri Nomura, JAPAN, documentary, 2009
Dish: Roast Chicken in a Green and Lemon Sauce

Amélie 『アメリ,
Jean-Pierre Jeunet, FRANCE, feature, 2001)
Starring: Audrey Tautou, André Dussollier, Mattieu Kassovitz, Rufus
Dish:  crème brûlée

Chungking Express 恋する惑星
 Wong Karwai, HONG KONG, feature, 1994)
Starring: Brigitte Lin, Tony Leung Chiu-Wair, Faye Wong, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Valerie Chow
Dish:  Hong Kong Street Food

El Bulli: Cooking in Progress 『エル・ブリの秘密 世界一予約のとれないレストラン』
Gereon Wetzel, GERMANY, documentary, 2011)
Dish: presented by Food Creation  

Stanley’s Tiffin Box 『スタンリーのお弁当箱』
Amole Gupte, INDIA, feature, 2011
Starring: Partho A. Gupte, Numaan Sheikh, Abhishek Reddy
Dish:  Indian curry

Bagdad Café 『バグダッド・カフェ』
Percy Adlon, GERMANY/USA, feature, 1987
Starring: Marianne Sägebrecht, C.C.H. Pounder, Jack Palance
Dish: coffee and bread

Coffee and Cigarettes 『コーヒー&シガレッツ』
Jim Jarmusch, USA, feature (11 linked vignettes), 2003
Starring: Roberto Benigni, Bteve Buscemi, Iggy Pop, Tom Waits
Dish: coffee and hamburgers

Jiro Dreams of Sushi 二郎は鮨の夢を見る
David Gelb, USA, documentary, 2011
Featuring: Jiro Yoshino
Dish: sushi

Iranian Cookbook イラン式料理本
Mohammad Shirvani, IRAN, docu-fiction, 2010
Dish: Iranian home cooking

The Angel’s Share 『天使の分け前』
Ken Loach, UK/FRANCE/BELGIUM/ITALY, feature, 2012
Starring: Paul Brannigan, John Henshaw, William Ruane, Gary Maitland
Dish: Scotch Whisky

Zazie dans le métro『地下鉄のザジ』
Louis Malle, FRANCE, feature, 1960
Starring: Catherine Demongeot, Philippe Noiret
Dish: blue mussels steamed in wine

Dinner Rush 『ディナーラッシュ』
Bob Giraldi, USA, feature, 2000
Starring: Danny Aiello, John Rothman, Frank Bongiorno
Dish: lobster pasta

Ten no Shizuku: Tatsumi Yoshiko “Inochi no Soup”
『天のしずく 辰巳芳子“いのちのスープ”』
Atsunori Kawamura, JAPAN, documentary, 2012
Featuring: Mitsuko Kusabue
Dish: potage bonne femme (leek, potato and carrot soup)

Reviving Recipes 『よみがえりのレシピ』
Satoshi Watanabe, JAPAN, documentary, 2011
Dish: Yamagata produce

Screening times and locations on the official website: http://tokyogohan.com/