‘Theatre of Life’ Wins at San Sebastian

Theatre of Life
Courtesy of the NFB


By Pat Mullen

Foodies at the San Sebastian Film Festival gobbled up Theatre of Life and declared it the top dish at the festival this weekend. The film by director Peter Svatek, co-produced by the NFB and Montreal’s Triplex Films, won the top prize of the Tokyo Gotham Award at the festival’s Culinary Zinema programme devoted to food on film. The popular programme just finished its sixth year at the festival.

Theatre of Life profiles Chef Massimo Bottura and the soup kitchen he ran during the Milan 2015 World’s Fair. The doc shows how Bottura’s menus harvested the food waste of from Expo pavilions at the event as 40 of the world’s best chefs joined Massimo to prepare tasty meals. It’s a new fusion of flavours for eco docs.

The San Sebstatian jury remarked that Theater of Life “stands out because it brings the idea to us of how we can be a part of the world, helping each other by not giving up what we enjoy. It is not just a volunteer work in one way, but it is an interactive enjoyment both for people who need to eat and for people who need someone to eat”. The film wins a purse of €10,000 with the prize.

Theatre of Life had its Canadian premiere at the Atlantic Film Festival earlier this month and continues its run on the Canuck festival circuit as the Opening Night selection of Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival in Toronto in October.


Theater of Life (Trailer) from NFB/marketing on Vimeo.