Christian Vincent's finesse out in Haute Cuisine
- Catherine Frot shines as the French president's private cook in a film that has notably been acquired by The Weinstein Company.
Since his beginnings with La discrète (Cesar for Best First Film in 1991), Christian Vincent has gently revealed his elegant filmmaking, without ever particularly seeking to please the media, and tackling rather different topics along the way. His solid career path is scattered with seven feature films, including Beau Fixe (two nominations for the Cesar for most promising actress in 1993), La séparation (nominations for the 1995 Cesars for best actor and best actress) and Four Stars [+see also:
film profile] (in the Panorama section at the 2006 Berlinale, nomination for the 2007 Cesar for best supporting actor), and he is now continuing along it with finesse with Haute Cuisine [+see also:
film profile], released today in 371 French cinemas by Wild Bunch Distribution. The film has sold very well internationally, notably to The Weinstein Company for the United States, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and all of Asia (except Japan).
Based on a true story, Haute Cuisine recounts the misadventures of a cook with a lot of character (perfectly played by Catherine Frot) who is called upon to work for the French president in the Elysée's kitchen. The director takes us on a subtle gustatory dive into the corridors of power, carefully avoiding any clichés linked to the current trend in cooking reality television shows and their recent spin-offs on the big screen.
Stéphane Brizé's very good A Few Hours of Spring [+see also:
film profile] (read the review - with excellent performances by Vincent Lindon and Hélène Vincent - 163 copies by Diaphana Distribution) is also out in cinemas this Wednesday, as is Elie Wajeman's Alyah [+see also:
film profile], a film noir discovered at the directors' Fortnight in Cannes (review - 63 copies by Rezo Films).
Two striking examples of France's involvement in international film co-production are also out: Franco-Egyptian co-production After the Battle [+see also:
film profile] by Yousry Nasrallah (which competed at the last Cannes Film Festival - review - 30 copies by MK2 Distribution) and Brillante Mendoza's surprising Captive [+see also:
interview: Brillante Mendoza
interview: Isabelle Huppert
film profile] (a co-production with Germany, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom starring Isabelle Huppert that premiered in the competition in Berlin - 52 copies by Equation).
Last out this Wednesday are two good documentaries: Franco-Cambodian co-production Golden Slumbers by Davy Chou (selected for the Forum at the 2012 Berlinale - distribution: Bodega Films with Studio 37), and Franco-Romanian co-production Teodora the Sinner by Anca Hirte (Shellac).
(Translated from French)
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