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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

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  • 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.

In this sumptuous costume drama, master chef and majordomo François Vatel (Gerard Depardieu) orchestrates spectacular feasts and entertainment for a royal visit by King Louis XIV of France. Amidst the machinations and treachery of the aristocrats, Vatel falls for a noblewoman (Uma Thurman) who has caught the eye of the king. Savor the grand spectacle, elaborate banquets, and expert acting of this classic film from 2000.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    103 mins
  • Language
  • Country
    France, United Kingdom, Belgium
  • Director
    Roland Joffee
  • Screenwriter
    Jeanne Labrune, Tom Stoppard
  • Producer
    Roland Joffee, Alain Goldman
  • Co-Producer
    Timothy Burrill
  • Cast
    Gerard Depardieu, Uma Thurman, Tim Roth, Julian Glover, Julian Sands, Timothy Spall
  • Cinematographer
    Robert Fraisse
  • Music
    Ennio Morricone