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Food and Film: Origins of a Meal

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Co-presented with the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

Food and Film is a quarterly series designed to delight the senses and inspire the mind. Curated with renowned chef, activist and cinephile Alice Waters, who will introduce the screening, each program in the series draws on Waters’ philosophy that eating, like art, is a political act and that exploring the intersections between the culinary and moving image arts can help illuminate the path toward building more sustainable, thriving communities together.

Origins of a Meal (Genèse d'un repas) (1979)

Cahiers du Cinéma critic-turned-filmmaker, French New Wave writer-director Luc Moullet got a jump on cinematic critiques of neoliberalism with this seminal exposé of globalized, industrial farming at the moment it was taking shape. Moullet begins with a simple (if unorthodox) meal of a banana, tuna fish and a plain omelet then traces the path that each ingredient took to arrive at his plate. From a grocery store in Paris to fields in Ecuador and ports along the Ivory Coast, Moullet talks with corporate managers, government functionaries, marketing gurus and manual laborers all along the line to understand the human and environmental costs of this emergent system and its colonialist roots. As those costs have grown ever more pernicious, Moullet's prescient, in-depth analysis seems ever more vital.   

DCP, b&w, in French with English subtitles, 115 min. Director: Luc Moullet.

Dine at Hammer’s acclaimed Lulu restaurant before the screening

Dine at Lulu for an early dinner and special menu by Alice Waters in celebration of the featured film, Origins of a Meal. After your meal, head across the courtyard to the Billy Wilder Theater at 7:30 pm for opening remarks by Alice and the free screening. Reserve your table in advance. 


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