Chef Antonio’s Recipes for Revolution

A&I Hall, Bangalow

Monday 11 April 2022 | 7.00 pm

Australia & Italy| 2021 | 98 mins
Directors: Trevor Graham
Rated: MA15+

In Italian with English subtitles

An uplifting feast of a film that goes behind the scenes of an Italian hotel-restaurant staffed by youngsters living with Down syndrome.

Nestled in Italy’s Piedmont region is the Albergo Etico and its attached restaurant, the Tacabanda. Both are run by chef-on-a-mission Antonio de Benedetto, who transforms the lives of young people living with Down syndrome by providing not just practical skills and employment, but also a second home and family in which to belong. 

Chef Antonio’s Recipes for Revolution follows de Benetto and protégés Mirko Piras, Jessica Berta and others as they share in laughter and love, drama and dreams, and the toil of top-notch customer service.

The final instalment in writer/director Trevor Graham’s culinary trilogy (after Make Hummus Not War and Monsieur Mayonnaise) is both a celebration of its subjects’ spirit and a testament to the titular figure’s formidable vision, using food as a vehicle for reflecting on larger social issues.

Topped off with scrumptious shots of food and a delightful cast of characters, this gem offers generous servings of joy and hope.

Melbourne International Film Festival