Food Film Festival at Cinema du Parc July 1-7
There are 3 very good reasons to go to Cinema du Parc this week.
1. Your jazz hands (and feet) are tired from hanging out in the Quartier des Spectacles and you really just want to sit down.
2. You believe Montreal is as much a film fest city as a music and comedy fest city.
3. You love food.
#3 is really the most important reason. It definitely takes the proverbial cake. Speaking of cake you can't eat, there's a documentary at the Food Film Festival at Cinema du Parc that's all about a bunch of pastry chefs competing for world pastry domination. The honor is presented by the French president, so it's kind of the equivalent of being knighted, but with more butter.
Then there's Tampopo. Noodles and sex. Enough said.
In the same genre: Like Water for Chocolate. Yes the book is better, but replace "noodles" with "chocolate and chili peppers" in the sentence above and you've got yourself a good movie. A little less "Lady and the Tramp" and a few more aphrodisiacs.
In exactly the same genre but, again, with more butter: Chocolat. Most people know this one. Johnny Depp, Dame Judi Dench, and the incredible Juliette Binoche. Add a chocolate shop, some gypsies, and stir.
And Big Night: Less sex, more risotto. Not a bad trade. Depends on the risotto, I guess.
Four films rounding it out: Taiwanese Sunday dinners in Eat Drink Man Woman, art house films The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover and Delicatessan. Go with friends to these. Not so seductive unless you're into big slabs of meat hanging from hooks. Some people are into that, I hear...
If you need more info or want someone else to try to convince you to check this festival out, here's an interview I did with Jeanne Charlebois of Cinema du Parc on the upcoming festival:
Food Film Fest
Cinema du Parc
Tickets: Online or at the box office
When: July 1-7
Where: 3575 avenue du Parc
How Much: $11.50/less for students, $8 Tuesday, discount multi-movie passes available