Les Saveurs du Palais
France | 2012 | 95 minutes | Christian Vincent
Based on the true story of the personal chef to former French president François Mitterrand, Haute Cuisine uses the politically charged kitchen and corridors of the Élysée Palace as an exquisite backdrop for a nonstop parade of mouthwatering dishes in this deliciously French comedy.
May 31, 2013
SIFF Cinema Egyptian
|9:30 PM||Date has passed|
June 1, 2013
Kirkland Performance Center
|8:30 PM||Date has passed|
The June 1 screening is on STANDBY. There are no advance tickets available.
For a sumptuous experience sure to whet any cinematic appetite, there's no better place than the Elysée Palace to sample the culinary delights of France. Haute Cuisine, based on the real-life story of the personal chef to former French president François Mitterrand in the late 1980s, takes the viewer on a foodlover's holiday through the most mouthwatering creations imaginable. In this charming comedy, Catherine Frot plays Hortense, a provincial chef and restaurant owner who is plucked from obscurity to become the personal cook for M. President, who has a craving for the traditional regional dishes of his youth. The only problem is that, for health reasons, the President's doctor has put the world leader on a strict diet (mon dieu!), which eliminates the heavy creams, sauces, and spices that the President craves. In a bit of devilishly ironic casting, the portly President is played here by journalist Jean d'Ormesson, best known to French audiences for being one of Mitterrand's staunchest critics during his presidency. As the rustic Hortense tries to fit in with the palace's urbane staff—including her pastry-cook assistant Nicolas (Arthur Dupont)—and chafes against the bureaucracy and casual sexism she faces each day, director Christian Vincent lets his roving camera linger over the chef's delectable creations, described in minute detail and conjured by her staff with utmost care. Be sure not to view this screening on an empty stomach.
Christian Vincent made his feature directorial debut with La discrète (1990), which won the César Awards for Best First Work and Best Original Screenplay as well as the FIPRESCI Prize at the Venice Film Festival. In 1994, he directed Isabelle Huppert and Daniel Auteuil to more César nominations for his cinematic adaptation of Dan Franck’s La séparation . Haute Cuisine is his eighth full-length film.
Sponsored in part by Delta Air Lines, Seattle Met
|Principal Cast:||Catherine Frot, Jean d'Ormesson, Hippolyte Girardot, Arthur Dupont, Brice Fournier|
|Running Time:||95 minutes|
|Producer:||Etienne Comar, Philippe Rousselet|
|Screenplay:||Etienne Comar, Christian Vincent|
|Filmography:||Quatre Etoiles (2006); The Children (2005); Suave-moi (2000); What’s so Funny About Me? (1997); La Séparation (1994); Beau fixe (1992); La Discrete (1990)|
|US Distributor:||Weinstein Company|
|International Sales:||Wild Bunch|