January 28 - February 5, 2021

A Taste of Sky

Tuesday, February 2, 6:30pm

Director: Michael Yuchen Lei
2019, USA, English | Spanish, 85 mins

Speakers: Jensen Cummings, Michael Yuchen Lei, Claus Meyer

In the Bolivian capital of La Paz, a city that sits 13,000 feet above sea level, an ambitious and unlikely culinary project has connected three people from vastly different backgrounds and is forever changing their lives.

Kenzo, a hunter raised in the wild of the Bolivian Amazon, and Maria Claudia, a native of the Andean altiplano, are far from home. They have come to La Paz for Gustu, a groundbreaking fine-dining restaurant and cooking school for the country’s underprivileged youth. Founded by acclaimed Danish restaurateur Claus Meyer, whose last project Noma won a prestigious “Best Restaurant in the World” award a staggering four times; the hope is to guide these young Bolivians towards a better future as they attempt to establish their country as the world’s next great culinary destination.

As the film unfolds we explore their pasts and trace how their lives have led them to where they are today. We uncover what has driven this European chef to come to Latin America, and begin to see the parallels that tie their seemingly disparate backgrounds. Set againstt the backdrop of one of the world’s most breathtakingly gorgeous countries, A Taste of Sky is a sensory experience that is an exploration of family, mentorship, and legacy – all viewed through the powerful lens of food.

Michael Yuchen Lei will introduce the film. A discussion with Michael Yuchen Lei and Claus Meyer will follow the showing. Jensen Cummings will moderate.

Note: R Gallery in Boulder is showing an in-person and online exhibit of art by Colorado artists inspired by Festival films, including A Taste of Sky.

Admission: $12

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