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Monday, February 10, 2014

MIAMI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, A PROGRAM OF MIAMI DADE COLLEGE’S MDCULTURE, OFFERS UNIQUE CULINARY PAIRINGS IN LEE BRIAN SCHRAGER’S CULINARY CINEMA PRESENTED BY PLYMOUTH GIN

Miami, FL — Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), a program of Miami Dade College’s MDCulture, offers filmgoers the opportunity to continue their cinematic experience with five outstanding Miami restaurants.

Each film within Lee Brian Schrager’s Culinary Cinema presented by Plymouth Gin has been paired with a restaurant which matches the experience and flavors of the storyline. Chefs from each of the partnering restaurants have created menus inspired by their corresponding film. An additional layer of resonance comes from Plymouth Gin’s Brand Ambassador, who has put together cocktails inspired by the films and chefs’ crafted menus.

“We received such an amazing response from last year’s film and dinner pairing, Why Did You Leave? and Juvia, we decided to take it a step further for our 31st edition. We believe each restaurant not only perfectly complements its paired film, but also extends the films’ story from the screen to our audience’s plate, creating a full sensory experience,” said MIFF Executive Director Jaie Laplante.

The signature event of the program is a traditional French bistro buffet at Daniel Boulud’s legendary db Bistro Moderne in the JW Marriot Marquis located at 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way in Miami, FL. Guests can expect savory food and spectacular cocktails in a beautiful setting. The event will be preceded by the screening of Le Chef at the Paragon Grove 13 theater located only a few minutes away from db Bistro Moderne.

“Combining the vibrant cuisine and cocktail culture of Miami with the art of film is undoubtedly an experience to remember,” said Clare Kanter, VP, White Spirits, Pernod Ricard USA. “Plymouth Gin is a unique and storied brand that will perfectly tie together high quality films, delicious local cuisine and impeccable cocktails.”

Films in the Lee Brian Schrager’s Culinary Cinema presented by Plymouth Gin include:

  • Brasserie Romantique (Brasserie romantiek) (Belgium, directed by Joël Vanhoebrouck):
  • Final Recipe (Fa-i-neol re-si-pi) (Republic of Korea / Thailand, directed by Gina Kim): Mark is determined to save his ailing grandfather’s restaurant with a victory on the top- rated Shanghai reality show “Final Recipe”.
  • Food for Love (Greece, directed by Marianna Economou), preceded by the short film “Impromptu” (Canada, directed by Bruce Alcock): Three Greek mothers cook and send loving food packages to their children studying abroad, displaying how food in the hands of Greek mothers is a powerful and symbolic tool capable of bridging geographic and emotional distances.
  • Jadoo (United Kingdom, directed by Amit Gupta): Two brothers, both exquisite chefs, fall out and rip the family recipe book in half, setting up rival Indian restaurants. Twenty years later, a daughter is determined to reunite them by persuading them to prepare her wedding banquet.
  • Le Chef (Comme un chef) (France, directed by Daniel Cohen): Jean Reno stars as veteran chef of a Michelin three-star culinary empire – running short on inspiration, when a radical young molecular gastronomic chef enters the picture. The film also stars Santiago Segura.

    Additional restaurant pairings along with db Bistro Moderne include:

  • Blackbrick Chinese (www.midtownchinese.com)
  • Egg & Dart (www.egganddartmiami.com)
  • Le Gloutonnerie (www.lagloutonnerie.com)
  • Executive Chef Ramesh Kaduru at The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami (http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/CoconutGrove/Default.htm)

    All menus can be found online at www.miamifilmfestival.com/culinarycinema Packaging Prices & Schedule:

Anticipation is high in Pascaline and Angelo’s renowned restaurant for Valentine’s Day,

but tension soon rises in the kitchen when Pascaline’s ex-lover of 20 years ago walks in

for dinner.

Brasserie Romantique

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Final Recipe

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Le Chef

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Saturday, March 8
Regal Cinemas South Beach (1120 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139)
7:00 p.m.
Le Gloutonnerie (81 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139)
9:15 p.m.
$75 Public / $70 Miami Film Society Member (include tax/tip)

Sunday, March 9
O Cinema Wynwood (90 NW 29th St, Miami, FL 33127) 5:00 p.m.

Blackbrick Chinese (3451 NE 1st Avenue, Miami, FL 33137) 7:00 p.m.
$65 Public / $60 Miami Film Society Member (include tax/tip)

Monday, March 10
Paragon Grove 13 ( ) db Bistro Moderne (
7:30 p.m.
9:30 p.m.
$95 Public / $90 Miami Film Society Member (include tax/tip)

3015 Grand Ave # 322, Coconut Grove, FL 33133

255 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, FL 33131)

**SPECIAL PACKAGE OFFER: All three of the above films and corresponding dinners can purchase a package called “Opening Weekend Culinary Events” for $195 (Public) or $185 (Miami Film Society Member).

Food for Love

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Jadoo

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Thursday, March 13
O Cinema Wynwood (90 NW 29th St, Miami, FL 33127) 7:00 p.m.

Egg & Dart (4029 N Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33127)
8:30 p.m.
$65 Public / $60 Miami Film Society Member (include tax/tip)

Friday, March 14
Paragon Grove 13 (3015 Grand Ave # 322, Coconut Grove, FL 33133) 7:15 p.m.
Chef Ramesh Kaduru at The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami (3300

SW 27th Avenue, Miami, FL 33133) Dinner Start Time: 9:15 p.m.

Cost: $75 Public / $70 Miami Film Society Member (include tax/tip)

A special added bonus to the Culinary Cinema program is a sneak preview of the series on the closing night of Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival, with a FREE outdoor

screening of Wayne Wang’s new film Soul of a Banquet, about the legendary chef Cecilia Chang. The event takes place on Sunday, February 23rd at 6pm at the New World Center, see www.sobefest.com/movie for more details.

Additional participants in MIFF’s culinary experiences throughout the Festival events include

Area 31, Butcher Shop, Cacao Art, Catering the Event, Chipotle, CrepeMaker, La Taberna Giralda, Morton’s Steakhouse, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, The River Seafood & Oyster Bar, Seasons 52, Tarpon Bend Raw Bar and Grill, Toro Toro, and Yum Factory. Pretzel Crisps is also a participating brand.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 14th. For membership opportunities or more information, please visit www.miamifilmfestival.com or call 305-237-FILM (3456). The Festival is the only major film festival event housed within a college or university.

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Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), celebrating its 31st anniversary March 7 – 16, 2014, is considered the preeminent film festival for showcasing Ibero-American cinema in the U.S., and a major launch pad for all international and documentary cinema. The annual Festival, produced and presented by Miami Dade College, attracts more than 60,000 audience members and more than 400 filmmakers, producers, talent and industry professionals. It is the only major festival housed within a college or university. In the last five years, the Festival has screened films from more than 60 countries, including 300 World, International, North American, U.S. and East Coast Premieres. MIFF’s special focus on Ibero-American cinema has made the Festival a natural gateway for the discovery of new talent from this diverse territory. The Festival also offers unparalleled educational opportunities to film students and the community at large. Major sponsors of the 2014 Festival include Knight Foundation, Lexus and Miami-Dade County. For more, visit miamifilmfestival.com or call 305-237-MIFF (3456).

MDCulture is the Cultural Affairs Department of Miami Dade College (MDC). Comprising the Miami Book Fair International, Miami International Film Festival, Tower Theater, the Center for Literature and Theatre, Koubek Center, Freedom Tower, MDC Live Arts and MDC Galleries and Museum of Art + Design, MDCulture is committed to providing everyone the opportunity to come in contact with innovative thinkers, creators and tradition bearers from around the world. With each presentation, MDCulture offers a bridge between cultures and ideas, creating new opportunities for the increasingly diverse population of Miami to come together through shared live arts experiences. For more, visit mdculture.org.

MIFF Contacts:

Jessica Wade Pfeffer, Jessica Wade Inc. | Tel: +1 305-804-8424 | jessica@jessicawadeinc.com

MDC Contacts:

Juan Mendieta | +1 305-237-761 | jmendiet@mdc.edu
Tere Estorino | +1 305-237-3949 | testorin@mdc.edu
Sue Arrowsmith | +1 305-237-3710 | sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu Alejandro Rios | +1 305-237-7482 | arios1@mdc.edu