The Fruit Hunters
The Fruit Hunters
Canada, 2012, 95 Minute Running Time
Topics: Documentary, Environment, Political
Program: True Stories
Environmental documentaries come in all shapes and sizes, but chances are you won’t have seen any quite as appetizing as this sensual and seductive tribute to nature’s sweetest bounty.
There is a reason that so many painters have turned to the bowl of fruit for inspiration, and if filmmakers have been slow to follow suit, Yung Chang (Up the Yangtze; China Heavyweight) is quick to make amends. Inspired by Adam Leith Gollner’s book of the same name, and accompanied by a motley group of fruit fanatics including the Hollywood actor Bill Pullman, Chang explores a wider, weirder world of fruit: stinky durians, cherimoyas, icecream beans.
Adventurers Noris Ledesma and Richard Campbell scour the jungle for rare mangos, hoping to intervene before the plants are steamrolled by industrialization. Pioneering scientist Juan Aguilar races to breed bananas resistant to a deadly fungus that threatens the worldwide crop. And fruit detectives including Isabella Dalla Ragione investigate Renaissance-era paintings for clues, hoping to rediscover lost varietals. Pullman’s efforts to seed a community orchard in the Hollywood hills are interspersed with juicy historical titbits tracing cultivation across centuries and continents. Enjoy!
Actor Bill Pullman and director Yung Chang expected to attend the January 4 and January 5 screenings
DIRECTOR: Yung Chang
Producer: Mila Aung-Thwin, Katherine Baulu, Bob Moore
Editor: Hannele Halm, Omar Majeed, Mila Aung-Thwin
Screenwriter: Yung Chang, Mark Slutsky, Mila Aung-Thwin
Cinematographer: Mark Ó Fearghail
Music: Olivier Alary, Johannes Malfatti
Principal Cast: Bill Pullman
Filmography: China Heavyweight (2012), Up the Yangtze (2007)
Print Source: National Film Board of Canada - www.nfb.ca
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