Napa Valley Film Festival at CIA at Copia

Salute to Culinary Cinema

A Film, Food, Wine, and Fundraising Event Celebrating the Best of Culinary Cinema

April 5–7, 2024

Napa Valley Film Festival and CIA at Copia are proud to host a three-day event curated by Turner Classic Movies host Dave Karger featuring crave-worthy cinematic experiences about the creation, consumption, and contemplation of culinary comestibles (Whew!).

Join us as we pair film screenings of great food-related films, Q&A with Hollywood insiders, and incredible food experiences.

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This event includes a special book-signing and presentation with Dave Karger highlighting his book 50 Oscar Nights where he offers his exclusive behind the scenes stories of the Academy Awards as top stars and filmmakers discuss Hollywood’s biggest night. The event is on April 6 and is free with book purchase.

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Schedule of Events

<strong>Friday, April 5</strong><strong>Saturday, April 6</strong><strong>Sunday, April 7</strong>

The Taste of Things (2023)

Directed and written by Trần Anh Hùng (Festival de Cannes “Best Director”)

Time: 5 p.m.
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Set in France in 1889, the film follows the life of Dodin Bouffant as a chef living with his personal cook and lover Eugénie. They share a long history of gastronomy and love but Eugénie refuses to marry Dodin, so the food lover decides to do something he has never done before: cook for her.

Starring Juliette Binoche and Benoît Magimel. View the trailer.

Culinary Experience:

Taste what you see on The Taste of Things with a tribute to the film prepared by Maître Cuisiniers de France (Master Chefs of France) Roland Passot and Joel Guillon.

Experience Includes:
  • A sumptuous four-course meal of French cuisine.
  • A sampling of French wines paired with each dish.

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Movie Only: $25

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Movie + Dinner: $195

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Book Signing with Author Dave Karger

50 Oscar Nights: Iconic Stars & Filmmakers on Their Career-Defining Wins

Time: 3 p.m.
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Turner Classic Movies host and entertainment media journalist Dave Karger presents highlights from his book 50 Oscar Nights, an exclusive look behind the scenes of the Academy Awards as top stars and filmmakers discuss their Oscar wins and tell never-before-told tales of Hollywood’s biggest night.
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Book Signing with Author Dave Karger

Presentation and signing free with purchase of 50 Oscar Nights from the Marketplace at Copia

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The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

Directed by Lasse Hallström

Time: 5 p.m.
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Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is an extraordinarily talented and largely self-taught culinary novice. When he and his family are displaced from their native India and settle in a quaint French village, they decide to open an Indian eatery. However, Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), the proprietress of an acclaimed restaurant just 100 feet away, strongly objects. War erupts between the two establishments, until Mallory recognizes Kadam’s impressive epicurean gifts and takes him under her wing.

Starring Hellen Mirren. View the trailer.

Culinary Experience:

Taste the culinary experience of The Hundred-Foot Journey with a tribute to the film prepared by chef and owner of Press, Phil Tessier and Ajay Walia of Saffron in San Francisco.

Experience Includes:
  • A multi-course dining experience that marries the protagonist chef’s French Haute cuisine in the film with the rustic Indian cuisine that was his inspiration.
  • A sampling of French wines paired with each dish.

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Movie Only: $25

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Movie + Dinner: $195

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Tampopo (1986)

Directed and written by Juzo Itami

Time: 11 a.m.
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Juzo Itami’s rapturous “ramen Western” returns to U.S. screens for the first time in decades, in a new 4K restoration. The tale of an enigmatic band of ramen ronin who guide the widow of a noodle shop owner on her quest for the perfect recipe, Tampopo serves up a savory broth of culinary adventure seasoned with offbeat comedy sketches and the erotic exploits of a gastronome gangster. Sweet, sexy, surreal, and mouthwatering, Tampopo remains one of the most delectable examples of food on film.

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Culinary Experience:

“Ramen-palooza” lunch celebrating Tampopo by CIA Chef Annie Hongkham.

Experience Includes:
  • A Japanese walk-around experience featuring ramen and izakaya stations throughout the Copia venue.
  • A selection of wine, beer, and sake.

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Movie Only: $25

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Movie + Ramen-palooza: $125

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