February Screening

Celebrated Filmmaker Wayne Wang's new film: SOUL OF A BANQUET

Co-presented by Miami International Film Festival and Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival

Soul of a Banquet l to r: Cecilia Chiang, Alice Waters in Soul of a Banquet

a film by Wayne Wang
USA | 75 min. | documentary

We are partnering with our friends at Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival to bring you the ultimate open-air movie screening on Sunday, February 23, 2014 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Miami Beach SoundScape, part of the New World Center, a soaring, 7,000-square-foot projection wall. The event will kick-off the 2nd year of MIFF’s Lee Brian Schrager’s Culinary Cinema program, curated by Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival founder Lee Schrager, continuing at the 31st edition of MIFF (March 7-16, 2014).

In an epic collision of food and film, filmmaker Wayne Wang’s Soul of a Banquet is a deeply personal account of legendary San Francisco restaurateur and chef Cecilia Chiang, told in her own words and through the perspectives of chef/author Alice Waters and food writer Ruth Reichl. Chiang is known for introducing America to authentic Chinese food with the opening of her internationally renowned restaurant The Mandarin in 1961.

Hong Kong-born, San Francisco-based filmmaker Wayne Wang has a rich filmography that includes independent, critically acclaimed and popular mainstream films such as Chan is Missing (1982); the classic The Joy Luck Club (1993), adapted from the novel by Amy Tan; the multi-award winning Smoke, 1995; and box office hits Maid in Manhattan (2002, starring Jennifer Lopez and Ralph Fiennes) and Last Holiday (2006, starring Queen Latifah). Soul of a Banquet is his 20th feature film credit as a director.

Both Wang and Chiang will be present for this Festival-first event, and while the movie itself is free and open to the public, a select few who purchase tickets through the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival will enjoy reserved seating, a bento box during the movie and a post-screening reception with bites from Christine Wong’s Mandarin House and wines from the Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida portfolio.

Special guests Ruth Reichl, writer and former restaurant critic for The New York Times, and Michael Bauer, restaurant critic for The San Francisco Chronicle, will speak to the importance of Ms. Chiang's impact on the dining scene nationwide.

Sunday, February 23, 2014
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
New World Symphony
500 17th Street, Miami Beach

Tickets: sobefest.com/movie