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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Les Mille et une recettes du cuisinier amoureux

Fortnight 1996, Feature film, 1 h 40

Synopsis

Paris, 1995. While he prepares an exhibition of the Georgian painter Pirsomani in Paris, Anton Gogoladze meets an old lady with sparkling eyes. She shows him an manuscript, seeminling written in the early century by Anton’s mother, the beautiful Georgian princess Cecilia Abachidze. The notes recall the stormy, eccentric and passionate story of a French  » traveling cook « , Pascal Ichac, a colorful character, fond of big thrills and always on the road… Tbilissi, 1920. In the prime of life, the traveling cook meets Cecilia, who leaves her home and family to love him freely. The couple travels through Georgia, in search of unknown flavors and Georgian dishes simmered in big pots. On a premiere night at the Tbilissi Opera, thanks to this exceptional sense of smell, he smells the powder from a bomb placed under the Georgian president’s seat, and saves him from death. As a reward, Pscal can now make his dream come true : he opens his own restaurant,  » The New Eldorado  » in Tbilissi. Soon, international recognition comes from the most famous gourmets of this beginning of century, Winston Churchill, Chaliapin… In April 1921 , history catches up with our hero : The Red Army enters Tbilissi…

Director

Nana Djordjadze

She was an architect and designer in the Academy of Arts of Tbilissi. She was a director and an actress. She also was a teacher in the Kino Institute of Moscou. She often wrote the screenplays of her films and was the scenic designer. She won the Golden Camera in 1987 for Robinsonade.

Jean-Yves Gautier
Micheline Presle
Nino Kirtadze
Pierre Richard
Temour Kamkhadze

Screenplay
Irakli Kvirikadzeadaptation : André Grall

Image
Guiorgui Beridze

Sound
Claude Bertrand, François de Morant

Editing
Vessela Martschewski, Irakli Kvirikadze

Music
Goran Bregovic

Set decoration
Temour Chmaladze

PRODUCTION : Les Films du Rivage 9, Cité des Trois Bornes, 75011 Paris Tél. : 01 47 00 46 26 Fax : 01 47 00 23 38 La Sept Cinéma Studio Adam et Eve Studio Babelsberg (Allemagne) C.M.C. (Belgique) VENTE A L’ETRANGER : UGC DA 24, avenue Charles de Gaulle, 92200 Neuilly-sur-Seine Tél. : 01 46 40 45 17 Fax 01 46 37 76 07