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Bell Lightbox/Toronto theatres - Food related film screenings

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There are some good food related films that screen at TIFF Lightbox.

The "Food" series screenings: http://tiff.net/subscriptionseries

(which includes a screening with David Chang introducing "Diner"


They usually do a special food pairing at Luma (you pay for your meal extra to the film series)

There are some other one off screenings including "Step up to the Plate"/ "Entre les Bras" - http://tiff.net/filmsandschedules/tif...

It looks kind of like a French version of "Jiro Dreams of Sushi"

I might try to see that one tonight but will try to post updates specifically for Toronto venues

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  1. Thanks for the info, appreciate!

    1. The full lineup for the Food Subscription series (as well as the Book and science one) has been posted on the TIFF website.

      Last year sales were not as good as they hoped and they did single ticket sales at some point (after the first few if I recall)... So right now it is unclear if there will be single tickets for any particular film:

      Wednesday, February 13 - Claire Stubbs on I Am Love
      Wednesday, March 13 - James Oseland on The Trip
      Wednesday, April 3 - David Chang on Eat Drink Man Woman
      Wednesday, April 24 - Aldo Sohm on Sideways
      Wednesday, May 15 - Anita Stewart on Food Inc.
      Wednesday, June 19 - Kent Kirshenbaum on El Bulli: Cooking in Progress

      To save people having to click through...

      non-member pricing for all films ($5 amount is the ticket order fee):

      Package $180.00 $5.00
      Senior $144.00 $5.00
      Student $144.00 $5.00

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      1. re: ylsf

        Dang, no singles!? hmn. Thanks for the heads up!

      2. The Revue Cinema does the occasional food/film event. They actually have one today.


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        1. re: PhilH

          Thanks for the reminder, I need to put this series back on my calendar. I went last year to one and it was enjoyable. They do little food samples from local restaurants ( and looks like non local restaurants now too). Last time I went the samples were included in the ticket price so I imagine it is the same still. Got a little bit chaotic but still relatively orderly :)

        2. Just a heads up that single tickets are available for the TIFF screenings now (at least the food series ones). Little pricey as member's tickets are close to $30 so for non-members you are looking at over $30. Considering going to the David Chang one. Oh, and I originally said he was introducing the film "Diner" so they must have changed the movie they are showing with him as it says "Eat, Drink, Man, Woman"

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          1. re: ylsf

            Thanks ylsf! Much appreciated.

            1. re: ylsf

              Thanks for the heads-up ylsf!!

              1. re: justsayn

                That movie was really disappointing IMO. It was just kind of boring and didn't offer much insight into the elbulli process that isn't already out there. Also, it's (or at least was) available on Netflix

                1. re: disgusti

                  It is after all a 3 or 4 year old movie at this point, hardly surprising it's now on Netflix etc. The point in this case is to see the talk which may (or may not) add something to the movie.

                  1. re: bytepusher

                    I don't have Netflix but if Kings of Pastry is on there it's definitely worth a watch.

                  2. re: disgusti

                    We've split a discussion of food-related films on Netflix to a new thread on Food Media and News. You'll find it here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/907701 .

                2. SOMM , a film about sommeliers is playing at The Bloor this month. One screening has a special wine pairing aspect:


                  Reviews are kind of mediocre on IMDB but might be interesting to see.

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                  1. re: ylsf

                    Not a bad film. Kind of similar story wise to kings of pastry.

                  2. Missed another food related film at The Bloor:


                    Mussels in Love

                    1. Red Obsession opens tomorrow at TIFF Bell Lightbox


                      Russell Crowe narrates this intoxicating documentary about the world-famous wines of Bordeaux, and how the rapidly expanding Chinese market for the legendary vintage is irreparably changing the nature of the French wine industry.
                      Looks interesting - 100% on Rotten Tomatoes but less than 6 on IMDB.

                      1. Here is one happening at The Bloor this Saturday -

                        Presented as part of the ReOrientations: A Retrospective on the Works of Richard Fung with The Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies at the Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs.

                        Follow the history of the dish dal puri, from the original recipe carried by indentured workers from India to southern Caribbean colonies in the 19th century, to its voyage to North America in the 1960s. Dal Puri Diaspora is a remarkable journey across space and time, linking colonialism, migration and the globalization of tastes.

                        Director Richard Fung will participate in a post-screening Q&A.

                        In English and Bhojpuri, with English subtitles.


                          1. re: ylsf

                            A reminder that this opened on Friday.

                            I saw it on the weekend. I thought it was worth seeing. It looks into three restaurants. I can say I didn't really feel much of a connection with the Mexican restaurant part but overall the film kind of ties them together more or less. I really enjoyed the Alinea part and kind of wish they made a full length doc on Grant and the restaurant

                          2. Not in the theatres but, on TV, Jiro Dreams of Sushi is showing up on PBS over the next few days. Check your local listings. There is a screening on Christmas day, etc:


                            I am sure a lot of you have seen it already and I think it is on Netflix even but if you haven't seen it I highly recommend it!

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                            1. The Lunchbox is opening soon in Toronto. Not sure the exact date or theatre (I think Varsity based on a contest from Now Magazine):


                              I saw part of it during TIFF. They had an issue with the subtitles so by the time it got back to running I had to leave early but I really enjoyed the parts I did see and there is a "food" theme for sure mixed in with the love story. I highly recommend it based on what I did see. I am planning to go see it again so I can watch the rest.

                              Also, the TIFF Food on Film series is now selling individual tickets (not cheap, around $35 each unless student, senior or member):

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                              1. re: ylsf

                                The Lunchbox is now playing in Toronto at The Varsity.

                              2. Fed Up played at Hot Docs and it now playing at the Varsity and Empress Walk (As well as the CIneplex at Winston Churchill in Oakville):


                                Looks like an interesting documentary.

                                1. Not in Toronto but the Niagara Integrated Film Festival is having their first year soon and they are doing screenings at wineries including some food related ones (like Red Obsession). Looks interesting:


                                  1. Free pre-release screening of Food Fighters documentary at The Bloor next Thursday (Jne 26th). Looks like it could potentially be interesting from the trailer


                                    1. Hamilton World Film Festival is having a screening of Just Eat It: A Food Waste story. I highly recommend this documentary. I know most people here already realize how much food is wasted around the world but it is worth seeing it portrayed in an entertaining and educational way in this documentary.

                                      Friday, October 3 at 7:00 pm
                                      Landmark Cinemas 6 Jackson Square

                                      There is a panel discussion afterwards