Lee Brian Schrager curates a film series for foodies kicking off this Sunday
Fresh off ring-leading this weekend’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Lee Brian Schrager brings his love of food to the big screen, debuting his inaugural Culinary Cinema selections as part of the 30th Annual Miami International Film Festival (MIFF). Curated entirely by Schrager, the program includes three films, the first of which, Why Did You Leave, will screen this Sunday at 3 p.m. at Regal Cinemas South Beach, with a pre-film brunch taking place at Juvia at noon. Tickets are $100 ($85 for Miami Film Society members) and include the screening, brunch, and a dizzying array of Brazilian wine pairings. The documentary film, shown in Miami for the first time ever in North America, follows five French chefs as they relocate to Brazil to recharge their cooking careers. A couple of the chefs in the film will be on hand in the kitchen with Juvia executive chef Laurent Cantineaux to craft the Franco-Brazilian rooftop brunch. The Culinary Cinema program will continue with a screening of Meat Hooked (on the rise and fall of the neighborhood butcher) on Monday, March 4, and Oma & Bella (about two Holocaust survivors and the foods of their childhoods) on Saturday, March 9. For dinner and a movie plans, you couldn’t ask for better film choices.