by Ian McNulty
The University of New Orleans begins a free Thursday-night series of foreign, food-related film screenings tonight, Feb. 12, at its Lakefront Campus.
Hosted by the university's Foreign Languages Department, this "All About Food" series is free and open to the public and continues every other Thursday through the end of April. The films will be screened in UNO's Liberal Arts Building, Room 140, beginning at 6 p.m.
The series begins tonight with Eat Drink Man Woman, (a still from which is pictured above), shown in Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles. Directed by Ang Lee, the film tells the story of a retired and widowed Chinese master chef and his family living in modern-day Taipei, Taiwan.
Here's the rest of the film series line-up:
Feb. 26: Like Water for Chocolate," in Spanish with English subtitles. A young woman who discovers that her cooking has magical effects in this 1993 film directed by Alfonso Arau.
March 12: Mostly Martha," in German with English subtitles. The 2001 drama focuses on how a child's presence can change the lives of the most shy and career-minded adults.
March 26: Tampopo, in Japanese with English subtitles. The comedy with several stories related to food has been called the "first noodle Western."
April 2: Babette's Feast," in Danish and French with English subtitles. The film won the 1988 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, among other awards.
April 16: the new film Bottle Shock will be shown in English. The movie recreates the events surrounding the contest-driven defeat of the French that opened up the floodgates of California wine for decades to come.