PFF SPRINGFEST – FUNKE
GABRIEL TARABOULSY, ALEXANDER EMANUELE | USA | ENGLISH | 2018 | 89 MIN
The name Evan Funke has become synonymous with pasta making in the United States, and this insightful portrait follows the culinary titan’s obsessive quest to open America’s most authentic, artisanal pasta restaurant. Trained in Italy, Funke brings an unparalleled knowledge of pasta and respect for traditional techniques to the American culinary scene. Director Gab Taraboulsy shows the master at work and gets to the heart of Funke’s passion for pasta. Though widely respected in his field, Funke also has something to prove after the contentious flameout of his previous restaurant. As the opening of Funke’s ambitious new restaurant draws closer and setbacks pile up, Funke provides a fascinating and surprisingly suspenseful look at opening a restaurant in one of the country’s most competitive markets, as well as a well-rounded portrait of a complex, immensely talented individual.
Part of PFF SPRINGFEST April 12-14 at the Philadelphia Film Center
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