72 NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL | OCTOBER 13-20, 2022 CULINARY La Huella, Historia de Un Parador de Playa Twenty years ago, three friends in the prime of their lives got together to face a challenge: to build a beach inn like the ones from the fifties on the beach of a small Uruguayan town. Pure simplicity and honesty. A ranch of straw and wood on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, where the stories of Argentines, Uruguayans, corvinas, pejerreyes, the great painter Pedro Figari, fishermen, good wines, Francis Mallmann and always fire, toast and friendship will intersect as a starting and ending point. Director: Alessio Rigo de Righi Producer: HSVG, Rimas Producciones Writer: Alessio Rigo de Righi, Álvaro Rufiner 2022 - Argentina 2021 - United States Master of Cheese Master of Cheese tells the story of Willi Schmid, the world’s best cheesemaker who makes his cheese in a dairy the size of a living room. He knows every cow by name, every plant in his valley and produces cheese with pure intuition. His innate talents and boundless work ethic have allowed him to produce outstanding cheese in demand across the globe. A touching life story, inspiring and educational, this film is about honest food for the plate that can inspire the world for the urgent change we need. Director: Simon Steuri, Myriam Zumbühl Producer: Harvest Productions Zurich Writer: Myriam Zumbühl Cast: Willi Schmid 2022 - Switzerland The Pursuit of Perfection Featuring four of Japan’s leading chefs, the film explores the essence of the unique and sophisticated Japanese culture through their beliefs, creativity and human relationship while portraying the struggle of chefs in the pursuit of perfection. Director: Toshimichi Saito Producer: Akihiko Yose Writer: Toshimichi Saito Cast: Ferran Adrià, Matt Goulding, Kat Odell, Takemasa Shinohara 2021 - Japan CULINARY FILMS Love, Charlie: The Rise and Fall of Chef Charlie Trotter In the 2000s, Chef Charlie Trotter was the toast of Chicago, his eponymous restaurant one of the world’s top fine-dining destinations. A culinary bad-boy, Trotter paved the way for the likes of Anthony Bourdain and Gordon Ramsay, yet his tempestuous, competitive nature alienated many. This absorbing, unvarnished profile chronicles the passions of a master chef and the consequences of pursuing perfection at all costs. Director: Rebecca Halpern Producer: Renee Frigo Writer: Rebecca Halpern Cast: Grant Achatz, Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, Carrie Nahabedian