Join food writer Carlos Frías and Cosford Cinema manager Rene Rodriguez for a screening and discussion of Campbell Scott’s and Stanley Tucci’s BIG NIGHT (1996).
Miami Herald food editor CARLOS FRIAS won the 2018 James Beard award for excellence in covering the food industry. A Miami native, he’s also the author of the memoir “Take Me With You: A Secret Search for Family in a Forbidden Cuba.”
BIG NIGHT | DIRECTED BY: Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci | USA | 1996 | 1H 49M | RATED R
Winner of the Best Screenplay Award at the Sundance Film Festival, BIG NIGHT is the story of two brothers (played by Tony Shalhoub and Stanley Tucci) whose Italian restaurant is on the brink of bankruptcy. Their only chance for success is to risk everything they own on an extravagant feast for bandleader Louis Prima. But their big night is complicated by a lovers’ triangle, a sneaky restaurant rival, and the hilarious perfection of Chef Primo.
“Big Night is one of the great food movies, and yet it is so much more. It is about food not as a subject but as a language–the language by which one can speak to gods, can create, can seduce, can aspire to perfection. There is a moment in the movie when a timpano is sliced open, and the audience sighs with simple delight.” – Roger Ebert