Essex Library Summer Film Series On Friday Nights

July 7, 2008

The Essex Library’s Summer Film Series kicks off at 7 P.M. on Friday, August 8th, with BIG NIGHT, the first of six very different movies with a common theme; the starring role of food in the lives of their protagonists. Naturally, we’ll also be serving refreshments! Food and family, food and passion, food and culture; join us on this filmic “cook’s tour” of the world as seen at table.

BIG NIGHT is actor/director Stanley Tucci’s film about two brothers (Tucci, with Tony Shalhoub of MONK) whose Italian restaurant teeters on the brink of bankruptcy. But when they learn a big star is planning to visit their bistro for a multi-course feast, the brothers pull out all the stops, in the hopes that the “big night” will save their business.

Next, on August 15th, BABETTE’S FEAST centers on a mysterious woman, the banquet she prepares for the people who helped her in her hour of need, and the secret she hides until the end.

August 22nd , MONSOON WEDDING, director Mira Nair’s spicy extravaganza, plays out during the preparations for an arranged marriage, highlighting different aspects of love and crossing boundaries of class and continent.

In MOSTLY MARTHA, screening September 5th, German director Sandra Nettelbeck whips up a tragicomic tale about an uptight professional chef whose world turns upside down when she takes in her newly orphaned niece.

Sweden’s charming, witty KITCHEN STORIES is about the oddball relationship between a social scientist and his subject, an elderly farmer whose eating habits he’s been sent to study (Sept. 12th).

September 19th we’ll screen the Chinese family drama/comedy that boasts some of the most gorgeous food ever filmed, EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN, in which widower and master chef Chu discovers that no matter how well he runs his kitchen, he’s got no control over his beautiful, libidinous daughters.

All films will begin at 7 P.M., and admission is free. For reservations, please call 767-1560. We’ll save you a plate!