Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Babette's Feast (film)

The first Danish film to win an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film is the Under Ground Theatre's Sunday matinee choice for December. Babette's Feast was written and directed by Gabriel Axel and its story is based on a story by Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen). The film was released in 1987 and subtitled with dialogue in Danish, Swedish and French.

Two sisters, Martine (Birgitte Federspiel) and Philippa (Bodil Kjer) live together in a remote village in Jutland, overseeing the remnants of a Christian church group established by their father. As a young woman, Philippa was courted by an opera singer but her father sent him away. Thirty-five years later, a refugee, Babette (Stephanie Audran) arrives from Paris carrying a letter from the singer that recommends her services as a housekeeper. The sisters take her on and Babette serves them well. When some years later, Babette wins a large sum of money on a lottery, she decides to secretly spend all the money on a magnificent meal to show her gratitude to the sisters. However, as more and more luxurious ingredients arrive in their village, Martine and Philippa begin to believe that such an indulgence is sinful.

Under Ground Theatre, Sun 8th Dec, 14:30.
Tickets £6.50 to include tea/coffee and cakes after the screening, available online, by calling 0845 680 1926, or in person at the Box Office and Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre.