Berlin Film Review: ‘The Quest of Alain Ducasse’

Absorbing and cinematic, “The Quest of Alain Ducasse” offers the documentary equivalent of a memorable meal at one of the eponymous chef’s three Michelin-starred restaurants.

Gorgeously shot for the big screen by multihyphenate Gilles de Maistre, it thoughtfully explores what makes the globe-trotting chef-businessman tick while following him over 18 months as he prepares to open the luxury restaurant Ore in the Palace of Versailles, visits his own establishments around the world and those of his food suppliers and samples food of all kinds.

Magnolia Pictures nabbed the U.S.

rights; arthouse distributors worldwide should savor the opportunity.Regarded as an innovator for having transformed the French haute cuisine dining experience into honest and simple food where the diner’s pleasure is paramount, the 61-year old Ducasse now manages an empire that includes 24 restaurants in eight countries, run with 1,400 partners representing more than 40 different nationalities.

The peripatetic Frenchman with Monégasque citizenship visits his establishments every three months

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