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Sweet Bean & Hot Pot: The Joys of Food

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For many, food isn’t just sustenance, it also embodies a connection to others, whether family or friends, as well as the deeper currents of culture and tradition. Few films truly capitalize on the centrality of food in our lives, but those that do win a special place in our hearts (and stomachs). This double bill showcases two recent celebrations of intergenerational culinary impact:, Naomi Kawase’s Sweet Bean, about dorayaki-making in Japan, and Heiward Mak’s Fagara, about how a father’s hot pot restaurant in Hong Kong re-unites his daughters. You’ll leave these films hungering for more!

Fagara

Heiward Mak Hong Kong, 2019

Three sisters unite over hot pot in Heiward Mak’s colorful, deftly directed family dramedy starring the great Sammi Cheng. A divide of ages, cultures, and perspectives come to a head at their father’s restaurant, which provokes questions of legacy, family, entrepreneurship, and happiness. A gem.

Sweet Bean

Naomi Kawase Japan, 2015

This week’s double bill focuses on the joys of cooking—and not just the sensuous pleasures of food, but its capacity to connect people. This feel-good drama by Cannes-favorite Naomi Kawase touchingly tells of heartfelt intergenerational bonds inspired by the sweet potential of dorayaki.

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