Last month, Laura Lindenfeld, dean of the School of Communication and Journalism and executive director of the Alda Center for Communicating Science, was part of a panel conversation about “The Taste of Things,” an Oscar-nominated French film.
“Food is such a huge driver and reflection of culture and society, and the themes that manifest through food and cooking can tell us about gender, race, sexuality and social status, among other things,” said Lindenfeld, co-author of Feasting our Eyes: Food Films and Cultural Identity in the United States. “It was a tremendous honor to be part of this conversation, and to talk about this incredible film.”
Lindenfeld was joined on the panel by the film’s director, Trần Anh Hùng, and Pierre Gagnaire, a 3-Michelin-Star chef and consultant on the film. The conversation was moderated by Rebecca Leffler of Screen International.
The film stars Juliette Binoche and Benoît Magimel. It follows the relationship between Eugenie, played by Binoche, an esteemed personal chef, and Dodin, the man for whom she’s cooked for 20 years. It is France’s official submission for the Best International Feature film for the 2024 Oscars.