Wednesday, 6 PM, Old Town Playhouse
Wine lovers will toast to this full-bodied French drama about a family that must come together in order to save their struggling vineyard. As three estranged siblings face the death of their father, they realize they’ll have to cultivate more than just grapes in order to move past the pain they have all buried. Thanks to director Cédric Klapisch’s hands-on research, this tender film captures the authentic experience of harvesting wine while reminding its viewers of our important connection to earth.
Sampling: Drouin Pinot Noir.
Thursday, 6 PM, Milliken at the Dennos Museum
Beer is a commodity as old as human history and, more recently, the center of a booming craft industry thriving on pillars of creativity and innovation. For many, brewing has become an unshakeable passion. Brewmaster will take experts and novices alike for a peek behind the grain mill and into the suds-soaked world of those who see beer as more than just “cracking a cold one.”
Sampling: Founders Brewing Co.
Friday, 3 PM, City Opera House
The pressure has never been higher to break out in the cutting age of celebrity chef, and in recent years the tolerance for macho showboating has boiled over. As more women rise up in the industry, a long-simmering cultural shift is demanded. Documentary filmmaker Maya Gallus brings the audience to the front lines of the food industry to meet the pioneers who have kicked through the glass ceiling under high stress and grueling hours.
Bite provided by: The Franklin.
Saturday, 3 PM, City Opera House
Equal parts celebrity chef documentary and coming-of-age film, Chef Flynn is no ordinary movie. Flynn virtually defined the word “prodigy” by starting a hot-ticket dining club when he was 12 and appearing on the cover of New York Times Magazine at 15. However, things weren’t as easy as they looked; the young chef combatted enormous backlash, the weight of expectation, and living with his helicopter mom on his climb to respect. You may come to Chef Flynn ready to salivate over the beautiful culinary creations —and believe us, you wil—but you’ll leave talking about the immensely talented and charismatic kid that you can’t stop rooting for.
Bite provided by: Cookie Dutch.
Sunday, Noon, City Opera House
This mouth-watering doc offers a glimpse into the life of the most respected chef in the world. Today, at age 61, Alain Ducasse has amassed a staggering 21 Michelin stars across his 23 restaurants—and the godfather of French cuisine shows no signs of slowing down. Director Gilles de Maistre follows the famously private man across the globe for two years as he plans a new restaurant and checks in on his others. Between meetings Ducasse ventures to remote farms and hole-in-the wall restaurants alike, firm in his conviction that sustainable, humanist cuisine just might save the world.
Bite provided by: The Cooks’ House.