In Midnight Diner 2, a literary editor is mourning the death of one of her writers, a soba noodle restaurant owner wonders why her son won’t take over her business and an elderly woman is tricked by scammers into paying them millions of yen for her son.
Based on a 2009 TV Series of the same title (which in turn is based on a 2006 Japanese manga comic book of the same title – Shinya Shokudo by Yaro Abe) the Midnight Diner is about a cook who runs a small eatery at the backstreets of Tokyo’s Shinjuku Square, open only from Midnight to 7 am.
The Furthest End Awaits is one of the sweetest, most humane films we watched in quite some time. Misaki is a coffee expert roaster who returns to the hometown of her father, after he is reported to be dead. There she opens a coffee shop on the isolated beach. A relationship with her neighbour Eriko and her children evolves.
Tsatsiki, Dad and the Olive War is a Swedish kids’ movie partly shot in Crete, Greece. There are no English language subtitles in the trailer, but, well, you don’t need them really. 🙂
Alma is a 20-year-old girl and adores her grandfather, a man who has not spoken for years. When the elderly man also refuses to eat, the girl decides to recover the millenary tree that the family sold against his will. In order to succeed, she needs to count on her uncle, a victim of the crisis, her friend Rafa, and her whole town to help her. The problem is to find out where in Europe the olive tree is.
The Midnight Diner – Tokyo Stories is about a cook who runs a small eatery at the backstreets of Tokyo’s Shinjuku Square, open only from Midnight to 7 am. The cook is known only as “Master” and his specialty is that he will cook whatever a customer wants, for as long as he has the ingredients. The series is an anthology of human relationship stories and resolutions are often facilitated by the “Master” of the Midnight Diner.
An uplifting, feel-good romantic comedy from Zimbabwe, Cook Off is a film about falling in love, with food.
Based on the best selling book and true story of William Kamkwamba, The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind is about a thirteen year old boy in Malawi, Africa who against all odds invents an unconventional way to save his family and village from famine.
A Mexican-American master chef and father to three daughters has lost his taste for food but not for life.
In a restaurant run by two Italian immigrants, the tables sit empty despite the extraordinary talents of Primo the chef Tony Shalhoub, “Monk”) and the ambitious efforts of his brother Secondo (Stanley Tucci, The Devil Wears Prada). A celebrity night at their restaurant promises not only to turn their business around but to change their lives.
Self-made businessman Harry Papadopoulos has got it all; a mansion house; awards and a super rich lifestyle. However, when the banks call in their huge loans. Harry and his family lose everything in an instant – except the dormant and forgotten Three Brothers Fish & Chip Shop half owned by Harry’s larger than life brother Spiros who’s been estranged from the family for years.
Mystery abounds when it is discovered that, one by one, the greatest Chefs in Europe are being killed. Food critics and the (many) self-proclaimed greatest Chefs in Europe demand the mystery be solved.
TODAY’S SPECIAL is a heartwarming comedy with a culinary flavor, inspired by Aasif Mandvi’s Obie Award winning play “Sakina’s Restaurant.” In this super-feel-good foodie comedy, young Manhattan chef Samir rediscovers his heritage and his passion for life through the enchanting art of cooking Indian food.
Three unlikely rivals will do whatever it takes to beat the competition in this quirky and outrageous comedy about love, sex, winning, and most of all, butter.
High fashion, romance and love… revolving around a plate of omelette. (That’s right. 🙂 )
In Skirt Day (Rokjesdag), Spring is in the air and the film’s characters are attending a cooking course for singles – and you can (sort of) imagine the rest.
A really funny clip from the French film “Wasabi”, where the protagonist, Hubert Fiorentini (Jean Reno), eats a whole serving of wasabi at a Japanese restaurant without flinching.
When martial arts meet culinary arts… nothing gets more hilarious! KUNG FU CHEFS revolves around one master chef training an up-and-coming chef for the championship title. However, this contest isn’t only about food.
“A Touch of Spice” is a story about a young Greek boy (Fanis) growing up in Istanbul, whose grandfather, a culinary philosopher and mentor,teaches him that both food and life require a little salt to give them flavor; they both require a touch of spice. Fanis grows up to become an excellent cook and uses his cooking skills to spice up the lives of those around him. 35 years later he leaves Athens and travels back to his birthplace of Istanbul to reunite with his grandfather and his first love; he travels back only to realize that he forgot to put a little bit of spice in his own life.
I Am Love. Emma left Russia to live with her husband in Italy. Now a member of a powerful industrial family, she is the respected mother of three, but feels unfulfilled. One day, Antonio, a talented chef and her son’s friend, makes her senses kindle.
Le Dinner de Cons. For Pierre Brochant and his friends, Wednesday is “Idiots’ Day”. The idea is simple: each person has to bring along an idiot. The one who brings the most spectacular idiot wins the prize. Tonight, Brochant is ecstatic. He has found a gem. The ultimate idiot. “A world champion idiot!” Meet François Pignon, a lowly accountant at the Finance Ministry, a man devoted to his constructions made of match sticks… What Brochant doesn’t know is that Pignon is a real jinx, a past master in the art of bringing on catastrophes…
A Cantonese street cook and his chief rival, a French-trained Michelin-starred chef, discover they have a lot in common as they prepare for a world-famous culinary competition. An international culinary competition becomes a battleground between rival cooks, one famous for his Cantonese street food and the other a Michelin-starred chef trained in France. But their rivalry takes an unexpected turn when they discover a common foe and combine their skills in a fusion of East and West.
Tita’s strong emotions have a lasting affect on those around her. Tita is passionately in love with Pedro, but her controlling mother forbids her from marrying him. When Pedro marries her sister, Tita throws herself into her cooking and discovers she can transfer her emotions through the food she prepares, infecting all who eat it with her intense heartbreak.
Chocolat. A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community.
In one of Paris’ finest restaurants, Remy, a determined young rat, dreams of becoming a renowned French chef. Torn between his family’s wishes and his true calling, Remy and his pal Linguini set in motion a hilarious chain of events that turns the City of Lights upside down.
A culinary legend provides a frustrated office worker with a new recipe for life in Julie & Julia, the true stories of how Julia Child’s (Meryl Streep) life and cookbook inspired fledgling writer Julie Powell (Amy Adams) to whip up 524 recipes in 365 days and introduce a new generation to the magic of French cooking. Stanley Tucci (The Devil Wears Prada) co-stars in director Nora Ephron’s delicious comedy about joy, obsession and butter. Bon appétit!
The life of a top chef changes when she becomes the guardian of her young niece. The American remake of the German film “Mostly Martha”.
Soul Kitchen. Winner Special Jury Prize Venice Film Festival 2009. Young restaurant owner Zinos is down on his luck. His girlfriend Nadine has moved to Shanghai, his Soul Kitchen customers are boycutting the new gourmet chef, and he’s having back trouble! Things start looking up when the hip crowd embraces his revamped culinary concept, but that doesn’t mend Zinos’s broken heart.
Eat, Pray, Love. Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) is a modern woman on a quest to marvel at and travel the world while rediscovering and reconnecting with her true inner self in Eat Pray Love. At a crossroads after a divorce, Gilbert takes a year-long sabbatical from her job and steps uncharacteristically out of her comfort zone, risking everything to change her life. In her wondrous and exotic travels, she experiences the simple pleasure of nourishment by eating in Italy; the power of prayer in India, and, finally and unexpectedly, the inner peace and balance of love in Bali.
The Lunchbox. Winner of Critics’ Week Viewers Choice Award at the Cannes Film Festival 2013. Middle class housewife Ila is trying once again to add some spice to her marriage, this time through her cooking. She desperately hopes that this new recipe will finally arouse some kind of reaction from her neglectful husband. Unknowing to her is that the special lunchbox she prepared has been mistakenly delivered to an office worker Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement.
Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what’s next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen — and zest for life and lo
Burnt. Adam Jones is a Chef who destroyed his career with drugs and diva behavior. He cleans up and returns to London, determined to redeem himself by spearheading a top restaurant that can gain three Michelin stars.
Jacky Bonnot, 32, a fan of haute cusine and with a definite talent, dreams of success and opening a great and famous restaurant. However the financial situation of he and his wife obliges him to accept menial cooking jobs that lead nowhere… Up until the day he crosses paths with Alexandre Vauclair, a renowned chef, whose comfortable situation is endangered by the financial group that owns his restaurants…
Chef – Hindi film. The film is a unique tale of a journey that Roshan Kalra (played by Saif Ali Khan) undertakes to find out his true priorities and source of happiness. It’s a story of food and love and family and togetherness. And that of a father’s rediscovery of the bond with his son.
Haute Cuisine. Hortense Laborie, a renown chef from the Périgord, is astonished when the President of the Republic appoints her his personal cook, responsible for creating all his meals at the Élysée Palace. Despite jealous resentment from the other kitchen staff, Hortense quickly establishes herself, thanks to her indomitable spirit. The authenticity of her cooking soon seduces the President, but the corridors of power are littered with traps…
Romantics Anonymous – Les émotifs anonymes. A surprise hit in France, the delectable comedy ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS tells the story of Angelique Delange, an unemployed but gifted chocolate-maker with a lifelong case of uncontrollable shyness that prevents her from properly sharing her confectionery talents.
Babette’s Feast. Adapted with great sensitivity and invention from Isak Dinesen’s short story (itself inspired by The Tempest), this truly lovely tale of everyday passion, magic and miracles is a delicacy to savour. Relocating the story from a bourgeois Norwegian port to a remote, windswept Jutland hamlet so steeped in Lutheran spirituality it feels like something out of a Dreyer film, Axel traces the strange chain of events that led to the two elderly daughters of a famously pious pastor taking on, as their cook, a Parisienne who was until the advent of the Commune one of the city’s most celebrated chefs.
Eat Drink Man Woman. Directed by Ang Lee and starring Sihung Lung, Winston Chao, Chao-jung Chen, Lester Chit-Man Chan, Yu Chen. The film tells the story of a retired and widowed Chinese master chef Chu (Si Hung Lung) and his family living in modern day Taipei, Taiwan. At the start of the film, he lives with his three attractive daughters, all of whom are unattached. As the film progresses, each of the daughters encounters new men in their lives.
Tampopo. Two Japanese milk-truck drivers (Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ken Watanabe) help a restaurant owner (Nobuko Miyamoto) learn how to cook great noodles.
Beatriz at Dinner. Beatriz, holistic medicine practitioner is stranded at a client’s house after her car breaks down. She becomes a somewhat unwilling guest at a snooty dinner party that evening. A difference of thoughts and opinions causes her to be a thorn in the side of the hosts and their invited guests.
Trattoria. A story can be a lot like cooking. Sometimes it doesn’t turn out as expected. A drama/comedy set in the exciting San Francisco restaurant scene, about a chef and his son that reconnect and heal their past through cooking.
Ramen Shop. Masato, a young Ramen chef, leaves his hometown in Japan to embark on a culinary journey to Singapore to find the truth about his past. He uncovers a lot more than family secrets and delicious recipes.
Bourek. In this humanistic comedy, set against the backdrop of economic crises and bad news, an extravagant international cast of characters meet, fight, and fall in love, while hiding from the end of the world and other calamities on the tiny Greek island of Khronos. Each one of them discovers something or someone that gives new meaning to their lives, helped in no small part by the food they share, especially the Mediterranean pastry Bourek.
Sweet Bean is a delicious red bean paste, the sweet heart of the dorayaki pancakes that Sentaro (Masatoshi Nagase) sells from his little bakery to a small but loyal clientele. Absorbed in sad memories and distant thoughts, Sentaro cooks with skill but without enthusiasm. When seventy-six-year-old Tokue (Kirin Kiki) responds to his ad for an assistant and cheerfully offers to work for a ridiculously low wage, Sentaro is skeptical about the eccentric old lady’s ability to endure the long hours. But when she shows up early one morning and reveals to him the secret to the perfect sweet bean paste, Sentaro agrees to take her on. With Tokue’s new home cooked sweet bean paste recipe, Sentaro’s business begins to flourish, but Tokue is afflicted with an illness that, once revealed, drives her into isolation once again.
The Ramen Girl. An American slacker (Brittany Murphy, 8 Mile; Girl, Interrupted) abandoned by her boyfriend in Tokyo finds her calling in an unlikely place: a local ramen house run by a tyrannical chef who doesn’t speak of a word of English. Undaunted by the chef’s raging crankiness, Abby convinces him to teach her the art of ramen preparation…and despite hilarious clashes of culture and personality, she learns how to put passion and spirit into her life as well as her cooking.
Little Italy. Romantic comedy. A young couple must navigate a blossoming romance amidst a war between their families’ competing pizza restaurants.
What’s for dinner, mom?. A young woman Tae finds a memory box of cooking recipes written by their mother who died long ago. By tracing back her mother’s past, Tae discovers her mother’s struggling life she didn’t know along the way.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Lily James plays free-spirited writer Juliet Ashton, who forms a life-changing bond with the delightful and eccentric Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, when she decides to write about the book club they formed during the occupation of Guernsey in WWII.
Off the Menu is a romantic comedy starring Dania Ramirez and Santino Fontana about an unlikely heir to a fast food fortune, who goes cuisine hunting for the next culinary big thing and finds himself in a small dusty town where foodies come from all over to salivate over the authentic dishes of a feisty female chef.
CONSUMED is a dramatic thriller that explores the controversial world of Genetically Modified Food. The story is anchored by a working-class, single Mother (Zoe Lister-Jones) on a hunt to uncover the cause of her son’s mysterious illness. Interwoven are the stories of an Organic farmer (Danny Glover), the CEO of a biotechnology corporation (Victor Garber), two Scientists on the verge of a major discovery (Kunal Nayyar & Anthony Edwards), and an ex-Cop caught in the middle of it all (Taylor Kinney).
The Recipe. CHOI Yu-jin, a television producer always in search of a scoop, is given the tape of bloodthirsty killer’s last wish: to eat his favorite Korean stew, “doenjang jjigae.” Yu-jin instantly smells a story and desperately tries to decipher the mystery behind the killer’s cravings. He soon after hears about JANG Hye-jin, a woman who holds the key to unraveling this gourmet riddle… but it’s impossible to find her.
Le Grand Chef. At a press conference, a cooking knife of a special spirit is being presented to the public. The knife belongs to the last Korean royal chef of the Chosun Dynasty who cut his arms with this knife to show his loyalty to the king and the country. The Japanese bureaucrat at the time was deeply moved by his conviction and returned to Japan with this knife. Now, his son has come to Korea to return the precious knife back to someone who really deserves to own it and announces a cooking contest to find the best cook for this knife. Thus the destined match between the grandsons of the two apprentices of the royal chef has begun…
Le Grand Chef 2 : Kimchi Battle. Korean government holds a nationwide ‘Kimchi Contest’ to reaffirm its position as the originator of Kimchi in Asia. Jang-eun, who is a famed chef in Japan, comes back to Korea to participate in the contest. She also wants to close down the once best Korean traditional restaurant that her mother has been running for years. She’s never understood her mother for cherishing the restaurant more than herself and her own daughter. Sung-chan became separated from his deaf-and-mute mother and spent his childhood together with Jang-eun. He wants to keep the restaurant and proposes competing in the Kimchi Contest and Jang-eun agrees that the winner will have the rights to the restaurant. Throughout the fierce competition they both go into the finals, where they have to find the traditional taste of Kimchi. On the day of the final round, however, the juries and audience are very much surprised to see the process of cooking by the two natural-born cooks…
Cooking with Stella. A warmhearted social satire about a Canadian diplomat (Lisa Ray) and her chef husband Michael (Don McKellar) who are posted to New Delhi. Upon arrival they inherit a household of Indian servants headed by the charming, totally inspiring – and wily – cook, Stella (Seema Biswas). When Stella agrees to become Michael’s cooking guru, to teach him traditional Indian dishes, little does he know that she’s cooking up a scheme of her own.
Hana’s Miso Soup. Based on a true story. Chie (Ryoko Hirosue) enjoys happy days with her boyfriend Shingo (Kenichi Takito), but she is diagnosed with breast cancer. Chie is shaken with anxiety, but her boyfriend asks her to marry him. Chie gives up hope of having a baby due to the drugs she takes for cancer treatment. Nevertheless, she gets pregnant. Even though she is risking her life giving birth, Chie gives birth to a healthy baby. Their baby is named Hana. Chie, Shingo and Hana live happily as a family, but…
Chicken With Plums – Poulet Aux Prunes. Teheran, 1958. Since his beloved violin was broken, Nasser Ali Khan, one of the most famous musicians of his time, has lost all taste for music. Finding no instrument worthy enough to remplace his violin…
A Tale of Samurai Cooking – A True Love Story. Great cook Haru has married into the legendary “Kitchen Samurai” family. But her husband who is the successor of the family can’t cook at all. Haru makes a vow to make him a superb samurai chef, and starts teaching her new husband how to cook.
Mostly Martha. Every great love story has to start somewhere. This one started in the kitchen. Martha is a single woman who lives for one passion: cooking. The head chef at a chic restaurant, Martha has no time for anything – or anyone – else. But, Martha’s solitary life is shaken when a fateful accident brings her sister’s eight-year-old daughter, Lina, to her doorstep.
Extreme Job. A team of narcotics detectives goes undercover in a fried chicken joint to stake out an organized crime gang. But things take an unexpected turn when the detectives’ chicken recipe suddenly transforms the rundown restaurant into the hottest eatery in town. (Hilarious! 🙂 )