The nominations for the Academy Awards 2017 were named just a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, none of them thematises food and out favourite pastime of eating. But the Oscars are not everything, as there are many more films to look forward to this year. Here are 5 foodie movies to watch in 2017.
The Founder – The McDonald’s Story
The Founder is the true story about the beginning of McDonald’s. Written by Robert Siegel, the film focuses on how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. Pulling the company into his hands, he creates the billion-dollar empire you know today.
You can catch the film in Singapore. Sunset Cinema is screening it at Tanjong Beach on Friday 12th May at 7:30pm.
RAW – From Vegetarian to Cannibal
Raw premiered at the 41st Annual Toronto Film Festival and caused quite a controversy. The French film depicts how a vegetarian whose hazing ritual in veterinarian school involves the ingestion of a raw rabbit liver, causing her to go full cannibal. Speaking in food terms, this film is not a starter and probably not for every taste. But if you enjoyed Hannibal, you might fancy a bite of this too. The film will be released on March 10th.
Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent – The Untold Story
While celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain will mean something to most foodies, the name Jeremiah Tower is rather unknown to the most of us. Bourdain, who is also the producer of this film, set out to re-write the kitchen history books, enlightening the world about who the ‘real’ first celebrity chef was and what happened to him. Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent is more than yet another biographical documentary, it also is a bit of a thriller.
You can watch the trailer on Vimeo.
How The Taste Of Louisiana Was Born – The Title Says it all
Shown at the Food Film Fest in New York City in 2016, this documentary is simply filled with passion and love for food. You thought Singaporeans are crazy about food? Wait until you meet the catfish-loving folks from Louisiana. Watch out for this film when it comes to a festival near you.
Bitter Harvest – The Starving Epic
Based on true events, Bitter Harvest tells the story of how the Bolshevik leader Joseph Stalin created an artificial famine, starving between 2.4 and 7.5 million Ukrainians, in 1932-33. It is an overlooked story with plenty of drama.
However, considering the present-day conflict between Russia and the Ukraine, the movie offers some interesting background stories – with food (kinda) at the centre of it all.
Article first published on TheFoodstuff.com.