Lasse Hallström’s filmmaking style and sensibility are a perfect match for The Hundred-Foot Journey, a delightful story with a powerful message directed from a screenplay written by Steven Knight based on Richard C. Morais’ best-selling novel. In a quaint village in the south of France, a heated battle erupts when a colorful new Indian restaurant opens directly across the street from a traditional establishment specializing in French haute cuisine. Amidst a culture clash of epic proportions, everyone slowly discovers that they share a lot more in common than they realized if only they’re willing to step out of their comfort zone. Opening August 8th, the film stars Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon and Om Puri.
At the film’s recent press day, Hallström and producer Juliet Blake talked about the appeal of the project, how the film differs stylistically from Chocolat, how the sensuality of the performances helped make the food come alive on screen, why they wanted to avoid the usual ways filmmakers show people enjoying food, the role food plays in bringing people and different cultures together, why D.P. Linus Sandgren convinced Hallström to use film, collaborating with composer A.R. Rahman, the decision to cast Mirren and Puri together, why shooting an extra take just for fun often led to the best performance, and what Mirren brought to the film. Check out the interview after the jump.