Presented in conjunction with the exhibition 'Harvest' (28 June – 21 September 2014) at GOMA.
'Harvest: Food on Film' showcases a rich vein of contemporary filmmaking that explores food production, consumption and presentation as vivid storytelling motifs. Feature films and documentaries that take food as their subject variously touch on narratives of connection; identity and tradition; power and status; and our deepening awareness of the larger political and ethical framework that surround our agricultural systems and the impact of our food choices. The presence of food on the cinema screen often expresses forms of spoken and unspoken communication between characters. It can convey identity with a dish that evokes yearning of home; transgression through food deprivation or straying into forbidden consumption; or power and status in the display of excess. The recent rise of documentary stories has enabled a focus on the personalities behind food creation as well as the ethical and environmental considerations of farming systems and food politics.
QAGOMA thanks the National Film and Sound Archive Australia, Canberra; National Film Archive of India, Pune; and Chinese-Taipei Film Archive, Taipei for providing film prints for this program. Program curated by Rosie Hays, Australian Cinémathèque.
List of Works
Le Charme Discret de la Bourgeoisie (The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie) 1972 | Director: Luis Buñuel
Ashani Sanket (Distant Thunder) 1973 | Director: Satyajit Ray
La Grande Bouffe 1973 | Director: Marco Ferreri
Tampopo (Dandelion) 1985 | Director: Jûzô Itami
Babettes Gæstebud (Babette's Feast) 1987 | Director: Gabriel Axel
The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover 1989 | Director: Peter Greenaway
Delicatessen 1991 | Directors: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro
Como Agua Para Chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate) 1992 | Director: Alfonso Arau
Mùi đu đủ Xanh (The Scent of the Green Papaya) 1993 | Director: Tran Anh Hung
Yin Shi Nan Nu (Eat Drink Man Woman) 1994 | Director: Ang Lee
Big Night 1996 | Directors: Campbell Scott, Stanley Tucci
Soul Food 1997 | Director: George Tillman Jr.
Festen (The Celebration) 1998 | Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Chocolat 2000 | Director: Lasse Hallström
Les Glaneurs et la Glaneuse (The Gleaners and I) 2000 | Director: Agnés Varda