'Feasting on Light': A&M International's 2001 Fall Film Series Announced

The banquet offered at the Texas A&M International University 2001 Fall Film Series: "Feasting on Light" will be slightly unusual. Instead of 12 dishes of food, the series will feature 12 films focusing on food. This Fall, at 7:30 p.m on Wednesday evenings, Bullock Hall 101 will be full of the sights and sounds of food, if not the tastes and smells. All films are free and open to the public.

The Fall Film Series is as follows:

September 12, "Big Night" (1996), directed by Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci. Two Italian brothers try to save their restaurant in America with the feast of a lifetime.

September 19, "Tampopo" (1986), directed by Juzo Itami. Touching Japanese comedy about food and our relationship with it.

September 26, Jamón Jamón" (1992), directed by J.J. Bigas Luna. A sensual, Spanish dark comedy examining family, love and an underwear factory.

October 3, "Like Water for Chocolate" (1992), directed by Alfonso Arau. A story of love and the power of cooking, told in magical realism. Winner of the 1993 Golden Ariel, the Mexican equivalent of the Academy Awards.

October 10,"Chocolat" (2000), directed by Lasse Hallström. A lively, single mother tries to win over a prudish French village. Nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actress in a Leading Role.

October 17, "Babette's Feast" (1987), directed by Gabriel Axel. A young French woman comes to live with two spinsters in 19th century Denmark, transforming their lives with one very special evening. Won the 1998 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and the 1989 British Academy Award for Best Film not in the English Language.

October 24, " "Eat Drink Man Woman" (1994), directed by Ang Lee. Family drama sprinkled with comedy surrounds a Taiwanese Master Chef and his three daughters.

October 31, "The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover" (1989), directed by Peter Greenaway. Horrifying and yet funny, this dark tale features love, revenge and greed as demonstrated by the title characters. Won the 1991 Chicago Film Critics Association award for Best Foreign Film.

November 7, "301/302" (1995) directed by Chui-Soo Park. Mystery/thriller surrounds a chef, her anorexic neighbor, and a police investigation.

November 14, "Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers" (1980) / "Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe" (1979), both directed by Les Blank. Two short films. Garlic, its champions and lore are featured in the first, while in the second, German director Herzog really does eat his leather boot (with garlic, broth and some spices) to fulfil a vow.

November 28, "A Chef in Love" (1996), directed by Nana Dzhordzhadze. A famous French chef resides in the Russian Empire just before the Russian Revolution and falls in love with a princess.

December 5, "La Grande Bouffe" (1973), directed by Marco Ferreri. Four business men decide to commit gourmet suicide. Won the Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique (FIPRESCI) Award at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival.

Parents are cautioned that "La Grande Bouffe" is rated NC-17 and some others are R-rated. After each film, there will be 15 to 30 minutes of commentary and questions and answers, led by Dr. Sean M. Chadwell, and Dr. William J. Nichols II, both assistant professors in the College of Arts and Humanities.

For more information, contact either Drs. Chadwell or Nichols by phone, 326.2471, 326.2610, visit offices in the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library, room 418C, room 421B or email: schadwell@tamiu.edu, wnichols@tamiu.edu or visit the website: http://www.tamiu.edu/~wnichols/food.htm.

University office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Journalists who need additional information or help with media requests and interviews should contact the Office of Public Affairs and Information Services at pais@tamiu.edu