Followed by discussion with Michael Koresky and Farihah Zaman, moderated by critic Devika Girish (Film Comment)
Dirs. Michael Koresky, Jeff Reichert, Farihah Zaman. 2018, 80 mins. DCP. With Meng Ai, Nikki Calonge, Sean Donovan, Jill Frutkin, Jessie Shelton. On a weekend day like any other, the simple but lovingly prepared meal a young woman makes for friends takes on unexpected significance. Revelry turns to meditations on mortality, and the tiniest, hard-won gesture of goodness comes from an unexpected party. Night turns to day, and viewers are taken somewhere else entirely―albeit with a lingering dissolve of emotions, ideas, and grace. The first Reverse Shot film production, Feast of the Epiphany is both a formally ingenious docu-fictional diptych and an uncommonly sensitive, unified rumination on the ways people form and choose communities, collaborations, and support groups in the face of hardship, labor, and loss.
“A tantalizing portrait of both the fascinating realities behind people’s day-to-day existences and of the role food plays in fostering communion with friends, colleagues and the larger natural world.” ― Nick Schager, Variety
“A film whose formal experiments offer the viewer the abundant food for thought promised by the title….By pivoting on a seemingly incidental element of everyday life to look at where our food literally comes from, Feast of the Epiphany becomes a political prompt, reminding us to consider the origins of our consumables and the processes and structures that shape them.” —The Village Voice
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