Babette’s Feast (U) – Romany Revisited
Wed 22 November @ 11:00 am
Babette’s Feast (PG) – 1988, Denmark, 103 mins, Colour, subtitles
Dir: Gabriel Axel Cast: Stéphane Audran, Bibi Anderson, Birgitte Federspiel, Bodil Kjer
Oscar winning adaptation of Isak Dinesen’s story of a 19th-century French cook who spends her lottery winnings on a banquet for the ageing Danish sisters who sheltered her. Impeccably mounted and played, this is gastro-cinema at its most sensual and intoxicating. Beautiful but pious sisters Martine and Philippa grow to spinsterhood under the wrathful eye of their strict pastor father on the forbidding and desolate coast of Jutland, until one day, Philippa’s former suitor sends a Parisian refugee named Babette to serve as the family cook. Babette’s lavish celebratory banquet tempts the family’s dwindling congregation, who abjure such fleshly pleasures as fine foods and wines
Doors open for coffee & cake at 10.30am. Film starts at 11am. All tickets £5 on the door.