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Bell Lightbox/Toronto theatres - Food related film screenings

ylsf Dec 13, 2012 12:55 PM

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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    szw Dec 13, 2012 05:50 PM

    Thanks for the info, appreciate!

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      ylsf Jan 23, 2013 05:17 AM

      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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        jlunar Jan 24, 2013 07:45 AM

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

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        PhilH Jan 23, 2013 09:35 PM

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


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          ylsf Jan 24, 2013 05:25 AM

          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 :)

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          ylsf Feb 25, 2013 07:13 AM

          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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            justsayn Feb 25, 2013 07:37 AM

            Thanks ylsf! Much appreciated.

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              jlunar Feb 25, 2013 08:08 AM

              Thanks for the heads-up ylsf!!

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                disgusti Jun 5, 2013 06:30 PM

                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

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                  bytepusher Jun 5, 2013 07:23 PM

                  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.

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                    Notorious P.I.G. Jun 5, 2013 11:15 PM

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

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                    The Chowhound Team Jul 1, 2013 09:19 PM

                    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 .

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                  ylsf Jul 1, 2013 05:39 PM

                  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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                    Notorious P.I.G. Jul 2, 2013 09:23 AM

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

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                    ylsf Jul 1, 2013 05:42 PM

                    Missed another food related film at The Bloor:


                    Mussels in Love

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                      ylsf Sep 26, 2013 09:27 AM

                      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.

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                        ylsf Oct 25, 2013 10:07 AM

                        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.


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                          ylsf Nov 26, 2013 10:13 AM

                          Spinning Plates opens at the Lightbox on December 6, 2013



                          Looks interesting

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                            ylsf Dec 9, 2013 07:47 AM

                            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

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                              justsayn Dec 9, 2013 09:17 AM


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                            ylsf Dec 21, 2013 02:40 PM

                            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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                              TorontoJo Dec 21, 2013 03:42 PM

                              Thanks for this heads up!

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                              ylsf Mar 9, 2014 03:26 PM

                              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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                                ylsf Mar 27, 2014 12:20 PM

                                The Lunchbox is now playing in Toronto at The Varsity.

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