The second of our food-centric film screenings this May marks our first collaboration with The Arch Café in Leeds city centre. On Saturday 16 May, as part of the inaugural Leeds Indie Food Festival, we’ll be showcasing the living legend of sushi, Jiro Ono.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a beautifully realised portrait of Jiro Ono, Japan’s most revered sushi chef, who, at the age of 85 (at the time of filming. Almost 90 now) still strives to reach a self-set standard of perfection. Literally dreaming of sushi dishes to create and serve at his restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro, a small 10-seat 3-Michelin-star diner in a Ginza, Tokyo subway station, Jiro has dedicated his life to the culinary art form since the age of 9.
The film also concerns itself with Jiro’s relationships with his sons – the younger Takashi, who runs a mirrored restaurant in the neighbouring Roppongi Hills (2-Michelin-stars), and Yoshikazu who, as the eldest son, is obliged to one day succeed his father as head chef – a daunting prospect that prevents Yoshikazu from dreaming about anything.
As well as the elegant photography of this documentary, one of its most striking features is its relaxed pacing which creates a comforting tone, making the film all the more enjoyable. It is also refreshing that the film’s subject is a man of advanced years and rich experience. So many films today concern themselves with youth and its preservation in the face of coming-of-age. This is the antithesis to the aimless-New York-hipster-getting-their-life-together flick. It also perfectly compliments the screening’s venue and its values…
The Arch Café is a recent social enterprise started in Leeds, a café with a social conscience, and occupies the Grade 2 listed Bradbury Building in St. John’s Yard. Dementia friendly, the café is owned by Age UK Leeds and all profits go directly into supporting their work with older people across the city.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi screens at The Arch Café in Leeds city centre on Saturday 16 May at 4PM. Accompanying the feature presentation will be a selection of food themed short films. Teas, coffee and a selection of delicious treats with be available from the café. Why not join us for a spot of afternoon tea before the screening (Festival passport holders receive 15% off)?