Up the Yangtze was a beautifully made documentary by filmmaker Yung Chang. The director is back with a documentary titled The Fruit Hunters, inspired by a book of the same name. This is a Washington DC premiere starring the actor Bill Pullman; his obsession leads him on a crusade to create a community orchard in the Hollywood Hills. (See full description below.) The film will close this incredible Festival. The description kind of reminds me of Agnes Varda's great film, The Gleaners.
*****You need to reserve free tickets for this film. The link is through Brown Paper Tickets. Very easy. It will fill up fairly fast, but try to be pretty sure you can make it before RSVPing on the Brown Paper Bag site. Again here is the link. *********
After the film, we can get something to eat or drink nearby.
THE FRUIT HUNTERS
You can find them deep in the jungles of Borneo, in the hills of Umbria and perhaps even in your own backyard. They are the fruit hunters. Inspired by Adam Gollner’s 2010 book of the same name and directed by Yung Chang (Up the Yangtze), the film travels across culture, history and geography to show how intertwined we are with the fruits we eat. Our guides are devoted fruit fanatics. Movie star Bill Pullman’s obsession leads him on a crusade to create a community orchard in the Hollywood Hills. Fruit detectives, including Isabella Dalla Ragione, investigate Renaissance-era paintings for clues, hoping to rediscover lost fruits. The film also takes a few subtle digs at multi-nationals and monocultures and the fact that many fruits found in supermarkets are grown in a “permanent global summer” and grown to look rather than taste delicious. But the film’s focus is on the fruits themselves, presented in all their mouthwatering glory: cherimoyas, ice cream beans, durians and more. Directed by Yung Chang. Produced by Mila Aung-Thwin, Katherine Baulu and Bob Moore. Winner, Grand Prize, 2013 International Environmental Film Festival, Paris.