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Big Night: Italian Dining Experience

BIG NIGHT

TUESDAY 16TH MAY | DOORS: 18:30  | FILM START: 18:45 | APPROX END: 21:45

Bristol Film Festival is delighted to launch its Beyond Popcorn series – pairing film with food experiences – with this combined film screening and candlelit dining evening in Averys’ historic wine cellars, kindly sponsored by Nisbets.

Enjoy sparkling wine on arrival and a brief introduction to the film by Festival Director Owen Franklin, before watching the critically acclaimed Big Night, which focuses on the darkly comic trials and tribulations of an Italian restaurant in 1950s New Jersey. After the film, the wonderfully talented team at Cherry Picked catering will serve a three course Italian-themed dining experience, with wines selected by Averys’ resident experts.

It’s a brilliant pairing of movie and meal at one of our most popular venues, so join us for an unforgettable evening.

See the full menu here: Beyond Popcorn Menu

THE FILM

1996 | 15 | 105 mins

On the Jersey Shore in the 1950s, two Italian brothers – Primo, the perfectionist chef and Secondo, the amiable manager – struggle to keep their restaurant afloat despite Primo’s culinary skills and authentic Italian cuisine. However, when a celebrity visit promises to rejuvenate their business, the brothers realise that this could be their last chance at success, and focus all their efforts on arranging a fantastic banquet and party that their patrons will never forget.

Starring: Stanley Tucci | Minnie Driver | Tony Shalhoub | Ian Holm | Isabella Rossellini

Director: Campbell Scott | Stanley Tucci

Screenplay: Joseph Tropiano | Stanley Tucci

Producer: David Kirkpatrick | Jonathan Filley

THEY SAY: “Big Night is one of the great food movies, and yet it is so much more. It is about food not as a subject but as a language – the language by which one can speak to gods, can create, can seduce, can aspire to perfection. There is a moment in the movie when a timpano is sliced open, and the audience sighs with simple delight […] By the end of the movie, we have been through an emotional and a sensual wringer, in a film of great wisdom and delight.” – Roger Ebert, 1996

WE SAY: This film was rightfully heralded as a triumph for star/writer/director Stanley Tucci, although he leads a formidable ensemble cast in a hilarious, warm and often poignant movie. There is love, loss, hope and despair, all expressed through the build up to an ostentatious feast that will leave your stomach rumbling – it’s just as well that Cherry Picked’s expert chefs will be preparing a meal onsite for you to enjoy once the credits roll.