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Introduction by Culinary Historian and Professor Ken Albala, University of Pacific

Kicking off the Festival film offerings, Vatel brings us to the France of the fabled Sun King, Louis XIV in 1671, where Master Chef François Vatel (Gerard Depardieu) finds himself plunged into aristocratic intrigue and romance. After the screening of this classic drama, stay tuned for a discussion and Q&A with Food Journalist Andra Zeppelin, Restaurateur Fred Morin of the acclaimed Joe Beef restaurant in Montreal, and Ken Albala.

For ticket holders who tune in for our opening night live Opera from the Court of the Sun King concert at 6:30pm and following Festival premiere of Vatel, Brasserie Boulder (from Cafe Aion) is offering a 15% discount (code: FFFF15) on dinners and wine. La Merise in Denver (Beef Bourguignon, Salmon Côte d’Azur, Parisian Chicken) and Mateo in Boulder (duck confit) are offering pre-ordered dinners. For information on La Merise and Mateo dinners, click here.

For live viewers:

  • 7:30 pm Program begins
  • 7:40 pm Feature film
  • 9:20-9:55 pm Live discussion with Q&A

Those watching after the live events have occurred may do so at their convenience. A recording of the discussion will be available to begin streaming until midnight on Feb 5th.

This screening is available to viewers located in the United States only.

Festival extras

  • Join the FFFF Virtual Lounge Facebook group to share your Festival experience with other Festival viewers. Talk about your favorite movie. Recommend a spirited discussion.
  • Consider getting a Festival movie gobblebox from the Inventing Room Dessert Shop or local food snack box from the Boulder County Farmers Markets to enjoy during opening night. For more information about Festival movie snacks, click here.
  • Note: R Gallery in Boulder is showing an in-person and online exhibit of art by Colorado artists inspired by Festival films.

Culinary Historian Ken Albala introduces the film Vatel

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    6 minutes