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A Chef in Love

A Chef in Love

A Feature film by Nana Djordjadze

Produced by Les Films du Rivage

Release in France : 08/01/1997


    Paris, 1994. Anton Gogoladze comes across the jumbled pages of an old manuscript apparently written at the turn of the century by his mother, the beautiful Princess Cécilia. Episode by episode, the notes retrace the tumultuous, eccentric and amorous adventures of an old "travelling cook", Pascal Ichac, a colourful, thrill-seeking, footloose French chef who personally waited on the Emperor of China. Princess Cécilia Abachidze, who eventually became Ichac's mistress, said of him: "Pascal is like a prospector who sifts through tons and tons of earth to extract a single speck of gold."

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    La Sept Cinéma

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    CTV International

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    At home, when I was a child, a battered old recipe

    book often lay on the kitchen table. With its help,

    my mother would cook up these absolutely divine

    dishes. Strangely, the author of this book of

    Georgian cuisine was French. The author's

    biography on the back cover said that Pascal

    Ichac had opened a restaurant called "Eldorado"

    in Tbilisi in the 20s. It had attracted gourmets

    from Asia and Europe. In the 30s, the Communists

    evicted him and requisitioned the restaurant. He

    died of hunger, alone, in the attic of his

    restaurant. I decided to adapt this book of recipes

    for the screen. Pierre Richard and the director,

    Nana Djordjadze, gave my idea life. (Irakli

    Kvirikadze, screenwriter)

    Full credits (15)

    Executive Producer :

    Marc Ruscart

    Foreign producers :

    Temour Babluani, Thomas Bauermeister, Alexander Rodnyansky

    Screenwriter :

    Héracli Kvirikadze

    Camera Operator :

    Baptiste Magnien

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Denise Breton

    Continuity supervisor :

    Pascale Guilbaud

    Music Composer :

    Goran Bregovic

    Make-up Artist :

    Catherine Crassac

    Assistant directors :

    Marc Barbault, Grégory Kourilsky

    Sound Recordist :

    Claude Bertrand

    Director of Photography :

    Giorgi Beridze

    Production managers :

    Ludovic Henry, Marc Barbault

    Editors :

    Vessela Martschewski, Guili Grigoriani

    Production Designers :

    Vakhtang Rouroua, Teimour Chmaladze

    Costume designer :

    Larissa Djordjadze

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    Feature film

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    Production language :

    French, Georgian, Russian

    Coproducer countries :

    Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Germany, France

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    Majority French (Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Germany, France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 40 min

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    Audio format :

    Dolby SR

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