Hold the mustard: Dijon hosts food pic fest

Program includes 'Babette's Feast' screening, meal

Two of France’s favorite arts — cinematic and culinary — are to be combined in a new festival being mounted in Gaul.

Cinema et Gastronomie, to take place in Dijon Nov. 17-21, will launch in Cannes Tuesday night with a gourmet feast for 100-odd lucky guests at the Carlton Hotel prepared by chefs from Burgundy’s three-star Relais Bernard Loiseau.

The fest is the brainchild of veteran Gallic industryite Jacques Le Glou, who will preside over the event, with Claude Chabrol acting as its “godfather” this year.

“Cinema has always been inspired by food. This is a way for cinema to pay tribute to food,” former international sales agent Le Glou said Sunday.

The fest program will include a screening of “Babette’s Feast” followed by a full 18-course re-enactment of the meal at the Chateau de Clos Vougeot, whose wine was served in the film as it will be at the fest dinner.

There will be a Mexican evening with a screening of “Like Water for Chocolate” and an Italian evening with Ettore Scola’s “The Dinner.”

The program of 15 films will include five as-yet unselected new films.

“There are so many films involving food,” Le Glou said. “came came up with a list of around 1,200 films without even trying, which means there are already enough to hold the festival for the next 100 years.”

The festival, which will cost around $800,000 to stage, will be backed by local and regional authorities and various private sponsors that Le Glou is still putting together.

Le Glou produced helmer Paul Vecchiali’s “A vot’ Bon Coeur,” a tongue-in-cheek tale about a filmmaker driven to murder, which screens in Directors Fortnight tonight.