Eugene/Springfield–Ah, food! Eating may be a basic human need, but food—that’s something else. Food is expressive, and it evokes memories and emotions.
Food helps define cultures and personal identity, while the shared experience of food can bridge cultures and connect individuals together. Food is science and technique, and also art and creativity. It can be plain and comfortable, and it can be dramatic and pleasurable. Is there another element in our lives that can be such a metaphor and vehicle for the range of human emotions and experience? It is no wonder that food, the people who work with and create food and food culture have been such rich sources of storytelling in film.
We’ll bring you 12 examples of those stories in our next OLLI-UO Film Series, “Meals on Reels: Food and Food Culture in Cinema,” with Chocolat, perhaps the ultimate film about the expression of passion and conflict through food.
Come join us second and fourth Mondays for this new series. Enjoy these creative films, and reflect on the myriad ways food impacts and gives expression to our own lives. The films and their scheduled screening dates are listed below. More detailed information about the individual films is available on the OLLI-UO website.
- October 10 Chocolat
- October 24 Waitress
- November 14 Babette’s Feast
- November 28 Tampopo
- December 12 Burnt
- December 26 Winter Holidays
- Break– No Movie
- January 9 Mostly Martha
- January 23 Big Night
- February 13 Eat Drink Man Woman
- February 27 Tortilla Soup
- March 13 Ratatouille
- March 27 The Hundred Foot Journey
- April 10 Julie and Julia