Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Film Feast: Soul of a Banquet

Over the next week, we'll be featuring a film a day from the Film Feast series here on our site in anticipation of the release of the entire official Milwaukee Film Festival schedule on September 5th.
Wang's no-frills film is modest and unfussy in approach, structured around 
an extended interview with Chiang at her home, and enhanced by additional context 
from Waters and food writer Ruth Reichl. -- David Rooney
Soul of a Banquet
(USA / 2014 / Director: Wayne Wang)

Legendary chef Cecilia Chiang has been credited with bringing authentic Chinese cuisine to America with the opening of her famed restaurant The Mandarin in 1961. Her exploits are given tribute by director Wayne Wang (The Joy Luck Club), with a portrait equal parts personal history (examining her emigration from Shanghai to San Francisco) and food porn (the preparation, execution, and delivery of a banquet feast make up a large part of the narrative). Interviews from food industry luminaries Ruth Reichl and Alice Waters help flesh out this warm and sumptuous portrait of a gastronomical pioneer.

Trailer for this film is unavailable.

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