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The Fruit Hunters

Canada | 2012 | 96 minutes | Yung Chang

Environmental docs come in all shapes and sizes, but you haven't seen any as appetizing as this sensual, seductive tribute to nature's sweetest bounty. Narrated by and featuring Bill Pullman.

May 18, 2013
SIFF Cinema Egyptian  
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SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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Environmental documentaries come in all shapes and sizes, but chances are you won't have seen any quite as appetizing as this sensual and seductive tribute to nature's sweetest bounty. There is a reason that so many painters have turned to the bowl of fruit for inspiration, and if filmmakers have been slow to follow suit, Yung Chang (Up the Yangtze, China Heavyweight) is quick to make amends. Inspired by Adam Leith Gollner's book of the same name, and accompanied by a motley group of fruit fanatics including the Hollywood actor Bill Pullman, Chang explores a wider, weirder world of fruit: stinky durians, cherimoyas, ice cream beans. Adventurers Noris Ledesma and Richard Campbell scour the jungle for rare mangos, hoping to intervene before the plants are steamrolled by industrialization. Pioneering scientist Juan Aguilar races to breed bananas resistant to a deadly fungus that threatens the worldwide crop. And fruit detectives including Isabella Dalla Ragione investigate Renaissance-era paintings for clues, hoping to rediscover lost varietals. Pullman's efforts to seed a community orchard in the Hollywood hills are interspersed with juicy historical tidbits tracing cultivation across centuries and continents.

Director Biography
Yung Chan started his career with the documentary Up the Yangtze, which screened at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Yung Chang is a member of the Canadian film production firm EyeSteelFilm.

Sponsored in part by Consulate General of Canada, Antioch University Seattle, Snoqualmie Tribe

Director: Yung Chang
Principal Cast: Narrator: Bill Pullman
Country: Canada
Year: 2012
Running Time: 96 minutes
Producer: Mila Aung-Thwin, Katerine Baulu, Bob Moore
Screenplay: Mark Slutsky, Yung Chang
Cinematographers: Mark Ó Fearghail
Editors: Hannele Halm, Omar Majeed, Mila Aung-Thwin
Music: Olivier Alary, Johannes Malfatti
Website: http://www.eyesteelfilm.com/fruithunters
Filmography: China Heavyweight (2012); Up the Yangtze (2007)
Language: Spanish, Italian, English, Balinese, Malay
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: BluRay
US Distributor: Cinedigm
International Sales: National Film Board of Canada
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