New Meetup: Chef's Special (Fuera de carta): Cleveland International Film Festival

From: Vikki B.
Sent on: Sunday, March 15, 2009 1:42 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Cleveland Spanish Language Meetup!

What: Chef's Special (Fuera de carta): Cleveland International Film Festival

When: March 28,[masked]:15 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: The 33nd annual Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) will be taking place March 19-29.

*** We strongly suggest you buy your tickets ahead of time. You will be glad you did. ***

9:35 MOVIE: Film will probably go on standby. Be at the entrance line with your tickets by 9:20.

DISCUSSION: Afterward, look for the group by the center of the Fountains on the side nearest to Tower Cinemas.

Chef's Special (SPAIN)
Foreign Title: Fuera de carta

Director(s): Nacho Velilla Runtime: 111 minutes

A sexy Spanish comedy with a soup?on of Almodovar, CHEF?S SPECIAL is "Ratatouille" for grown-ups. The drama swirls around Maxi, the flamboyant chef and owner of a trendy Madrid restaurant, whose biggest stressors revolve around the romantic foibles of his kitchen staff and the anticipation of soon being awarded a coveted Michelin star. Maxi?s fabulous lifestyle is at risk of grinding to a halt, however, when his ex-wife dies, leaving him with an angry 15-year-old son and a curious six-year-old daughter he barely knows. Matters come to a head when a really cute, and closeted, Argentine soccer player moves in down the hall and becomes the fixation of Maxi's sexy but romantically-challenged Alex, his maitre d?. Reminiscent in style of "Boystown," which was screened at last year?s CIFF, CHEF?S SPECIAL is by turns outrageous and moving, as Maxi learns to come to terms with the things that are really important in life. Javier C?mara, who turns in a stunning performance as Maxi, is someone to watch in Spanish cinema. First introduced to a US audience in the Pedro Almodovar film "Talk to Her," he was the subject of a recent seven-film tribute at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. (In Spanish with English subtitles) ? B.B.

GETTING THERE: Parking is Free (with validation!), but it gets very crowded so allow plenty of time, especially on weekends. Consider taking RTA.

BUYING TICKETS: For most films, I recommend you buy tickets online ahead of time or at the festival. Some of the films sell out. Others go on standby, which means you will be admitted if there are seats available, but it requires more waiting. As a last resort, you could see another movie and meet us afterwards.

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