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A season of food begins at Pothole Pictures

  • Pothole Pictures shows movies in Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls. FILE PHOTO


Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Staff Report

SHELBURNE FALLS — Maybe one way to make the world a kinder and gentler place is to eat more chocolate — that’s the theme of the next film Pothole Pictures in Shelburne Falls is showing on Friday and Saturday, as well as those to follow this season.

The film, “Chocolat,” is an entertaining fable starring Juliette Binoche as a mysterious woman who wins a battle for the soul of a small French village using chocolate as the ultimate spiritual weapon. In addition to Binoche, the all-star cast includes Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Lena Olin, Carrie-Anne Moss, Leslie Caron and Alfred Molina.

The film will be shown at 7:30 both nights, preceded by music from 7 to 7:30. On Friday, Jim Eagan will play folk and folk blues. On Saturday, folk-rock duo The Prestons will perform.

Tickets, which include both the film and the music, are $6 at the door for adults and $4 for children.

The next film in the series, showing Nov. 16 and 17, will be the classic “Babette’s Feast,” one of the most treasured of all movies about food, it won the Best Foreign Film Oscar in 1987 and received a near-perfect 96 percent score on the Rotten Tomatoes film-rating website.

The film, based on a story by novelist Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen), is about a housemaid, once a master chef, setting out to cook a perfect meal, but it is also about the meaning of life, pleasure and art.

Films to be shown during the remainder of the season will include “Julie and Julia” on Dec. 7 and 8, with Meryl Streep playing Julia Child; “Ratatouille” on Dec. 21 and 22, about a Paris sewer rat determined to be a master chef; and “The Lunchbox” on Jan. 4 and 5, where a mistaken delivery in Mumbai’s famously efficient lunchbox delivery system becomes a recipe for love.

Throughout the season, Pothole Pictures is collaborating with area food establishments, including Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters, Foxtown Diner, Baked, Hearty Eats, Mocha Maya’s, Real Pickles, Shelburne Falls Friday Farmers Market, West End Pub, Mo’s Fudge Factor, Gypsy Apple Bistro, which will be offering food items, connected in some way to the film being shown during the weekend.

Patrons who come to Pothole Pictures and present a proof of purchase for $5 or more from a partnering business will get a free popcorn. Pothole Pictures has also developed a cookbook of recipes inspired by each of the films in the series. The recipes will be available at film showings and at local businesses in Shelburne Falls.

Pothole Pictures is an ongoing community film series that has offered classic and local-interest films to the community for more than 20 years. It is a part of the Memorial Hall Association, a nonprofit organization promoting cultural and artistic events in historic Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls.