Arts Calendar

Sep 23

International Film Forum: TAZZEKA

From site: International Film Forum

Part of the Tournées Festival of French Film on campus this fall.

Monday, September 23rd, 2019
7:00 – 8:35 pm / Weitz Cinema
IFF presents Tazzeka on 9/23 at 7:00pm in the Weitz Cinema

Tazzeka (Jean-Philippe Gaud, 2018, Morocco/France, 95 min)    

Elias works at a tiny convenience store in the rural Moroccan village of Tazzeka, making couscous for the locals and the occasional tourist, while dreaming of preparing lobster and rack of lamb in Paris, the international capital of gastronomy. Under the dual influence of his grandmother’s home cooking and a well-thumbed cookbook by world-renowned chef Joël Robuchon, Elias has become a chef with that unteachable gift for making irresistible, unique dishes: it seems that all he needs to make his dream come true is to get himself to France. Yet when he exchanges the serene mountains of his hometown for the roaring traffic in Paris, things are nothing like what he imagined. Haunted by the memory of his older brother who died crossing the Strait of Gibraltar, Elias struggles to make a living as a day laborer, living in fear of police raids on illegal immigrants and the unimaginable stigma of returning home a failure. Will he allow his dream to recede? Neither sensational nor sugar-coated, Tazzeka accomplishes the rare feat of describing the immigrant experience in a heartwarming but unvarnished manner, achieving a gently comedic, deeply felt tone carried by newcomer Madi Belem’s guileless performance as Elias.


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