Food On Film: Babette’s Feast (U)
Sun 22 Oct 2023
£8* Standard | £5* Student / Under 25s | ANNIE GRAY: Feast, Famine and Fads + BABETTE'S FEAST (£18*/£17* members)
Dir. Gabriel Axel
1987 | 103 mins | Denmark
Danish, French, Swedish, Italian, English with English subtitles
Stéphane Audran, Bodil Kjer, Birgitte Federspiel
The Oscar-winning Babette’s Feast is the ultimate film about food and a deeply beloved treasure of cinema.
Directed by Gabriel Axel and adapted from a story by Isak Dinesen, it is the lovingly layered tale of Babette, a French housekeeper with a mysterious past who shows up within a remote Danish community seeking refuge from violence in her native Paris. Offering to work for free Babette stays with a couple of elderly sisters who view pleasures with suspicion, as a distraction from God, and eat only bland food.
When Babette’s fortune changes one day she takes the opportunity to bring quiet revolution in the form of one exquisite meal to a circle of starkly devout villagers offering them sensual pleasures and experiences for one night only.
View BABETTE’S FEAST before the talk and save money on our ticket when booking together. Studio 74 Members go free.
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