Ants on a Shrimp

Netherlands | 2016 | 88 minutes | Maurice Dekkers

Charismatic Copenhagen-based chef René Redzepi, whose NOMA has been hailed as one of the world's best restaurants, embarks on the thrilling, unprecedented challenge of relocating the restaurant and its entire staff from Denmark to Tokyo.

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Ants on a Shrimp takes its title from one of the several unique dishes served at master chef René Redzepi's new restaurant: literally raw jumbo prawns covered in tiny black ants. This documentary follows Redzepi as he relocates his Copenhagen-based restaurant, Noma, and its entire staff to Tokyo. Noma, a two-Michelin-star establishment, has been named "Best Restaurant in the World" by Restaurant Magazine in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014. Director Maurice Dekkers observes the struggles and triumphs of Noma and Redzepi as he attempts to incorporate his philosophy of using only local ingredients in an entirely new environment. His team must work with elements that they are completely unfamiliar with in order to create a brand-new 14-course menu that still feels consonant with Noma's Denmark location. One particularly odd new item on the menu is a dish consisting of deep-fried fish sperm, which Redzepi claims "tastes better than fish" itself. Although that particular meal might be only for the bolder palates among us, Ants on a Shrimp—the movie, not the dish—is sure to be a tasty snack for all who watch.

Director Biography
Maurice Dekkers is a Dutch filmmaker, cinematographer, writer, and journalist. He is best known for his work on the longstanding Dutch TV program "Keuringsdienst van Waarde."

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  • Director: Maurice Dekkers
  • Principal Cast: René Redzepi, Lars Williams, Rosio Sanchez, Thomas Frebel, Dan Giusti
  • Premiere Status: US Premiere
  • Country: Netherlands
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 88 minutes
  • Producer: Nelsje Musch-Elzinga, Dan Blazer
  • Screenplay: Maurice Dekkers
  • Cinematographers: Hans Bouma
  • Editors: Pelle Asselbergs
  • Music: Nicolas Jaar
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • US Distributor: Sundance Selects
  • International Sales: Fortissimo Films