- Directed by Gabriel Axel
Starring : Stéphane Audran, Birgitte Federspiel
Denmark, 1987, 102 minutes, Danish, Swedish, French with English sb
Adapted from Story by Karen Blixen
- Tuesday 19 May - 7:00 pm - Conference Hall
LE FESTIN DE BABETTE
In a remote 19th Danish century village two sisters lead a rigid life centered around their father, the local minister, and their church. Both had opportunities to leave the village: one could have married a young army officer and the other, a French opera singer. Their father objected in each case and they spent their lives caring for him. Many years later - their father is now deceased - they take in French refugee, Babette Hersant, who agrees to work as their servant. After winning the lottery, Babette wants to repay the sisters for their kindness and offers to cook a French meal for them and their friends on the 100th anniversary of their father’s birth. She then prepares the feast of a lifetime for the members of the tiny church and an important gentleman related to one of them. It proves to be an eye-opening experience for everyone.
The seven-course menu in the film consisted of "Potage à la Tortue" (turtle soup) served with Amontillado sherry; "Blinis Demidoff" (buckwheat cakes with caviar and sour cream) served with Veuve Cliquot champagne; "Cailles en Sarcophage" (quail in puff pastry shell with foie gras and truffle sauce) served with Clos de Vougeot Pinot Noir; an endive salad; "Savarin au Rhum avec des Figues et Fruit Glacée" (rum sponge cake with figs and candied cherries) served with champagne; assorted cheeses and fruits served with sauterne; and coffee with Louis XIII de Rémy Martin cognac.
Upon its release in 1987, Babette’s Feast received overwhelmingly positive reviews. The film won the 1987 Best Foreign Language Filmat the Academy Awards. It also received the BAFTA Film Award for Best Film Not in the English Language.