Trishna the film by Micheal Winterbottom, based on the novel Tess of the d’Urbervilles is a story of a tragic relationship between a property developer and the daughter of an auto rickshaw owner. Only Micheal Winterbottom could take a novel set in lush meadows and green hills and transfer it to Rajasthan which is hot and brown in modern day northern India. Trishna is played by heartthrob, the sexy Freida Pinto, a rustic heroine who’s seduced by a wealthy hotelier’s son. The film debuted at the Toronto Film Festival and here at Abu Dhabi Film Festival Micheal Winter Bottom was awarded the Black Pearl Award for Career Excellence. The film is a journey for the senses it is perhaps a great compliment to the cuisine of Chef Marco Pierre White at the Fairmont. The best part is that the Toronto headquartered Fairmont is opeing a luxury hotel while modern is traditional in architectural design. The new Fairmont is in the heart of Rajasthan in the historic city of Jaipur, where I once made a film Deceivers directed by Nicholas Meyers, starring Pierce Brosnan, Saeed Jaffrey and Shashi Kapoor. Trishna is a film that brings all the elements together, Micheal Winterbottom, the alluring Freida Pinto, Rajasthan, and the Fairmont hotel group from Toronto to Abu Dhabi and soon Jaipur. The film will want to make you venture out to Rajasthan and see this historic area of India knowing full well that luxury awaits you at the bard new Fairmont hotel opening soon. The adventure never stops on My Name is Khan.
Chef Marco Pierre White, is some one you can count on when you are thinking of food. The Fairmont does as well. At the impressive Italian restaurant Frankie’s run by Chef Marco Pierre White, you will find the best Italian food in Abu Dhabi, full stop. For all those attending the Abu Dhabi Film Festival who screened film outdoors on an unbelievable large screen with a stellar view the one thing that could fuse this experience into a memorable one would be to eat at Frankie’s after a screening. The tomato sauce on the pasta and the pizza it’s like the tomatoes from Sicily, with a special flavor that is very much home cooked. In Abu Dhabi there are plenty of Italian restaurants, all I can say to them watch your backs because Frankie’s is in town, and in true Marco Pierre White style he’s doing it his way. It’s no contest, the Fairmont has Italian food on lock-down with Chef Marco Pierre White in Abu Dhabi. Here is a taste of the kitchen on My Name is Khan.
Is there is film to be made about Cipriani? yes, there is a script around, and it’s a great story. The Abu Dhabi Film Festival would be the apporipiate venue to talk about such a topic after all Yas Island is a luxury stop in Abu Dhabi where Cipriani is a destination stop. Arrigo Cipriani who’s father started Harry’s Bar in Venice takes center stage in this film story about a blind art critic, who meets Budha and God at Harry’s Bar. Will this film ever get made? it take time, and I hope that it does, as it is a personal project set in a Woody Allen manner at the resteruant Harry’s Bar.
The stage play production by the National Theater, The Kitchen has been the inspiration behind making the Kitchen center stage during film festivals and Formula One. As Abu Dhabi host both the film festival, and Formula One here is a look at the Kitchen of Cipriani Yas Island Abu Dhabi. The steak tartar is my favorite then again at Cipriani it’s not just about the food.
Lily Cole is a British model-actress in this Canadian-Irish psychological chiller with a touch of lesbian vampire’s very much in vogue based on the book by Rachel Klein. What can I say, suspenseful, no. Adapting a book is an art- form and having worked with the best I can say in my view this films script is underdeveloped, uninvolved, and I never get it when people waist the talent they have to make a great film. If you gave this cast a good script then you would have had some magic on the silver screen and yet again a film was made that will never see too much daylight but then maybe that’s what the vampires wanted. This film is another tragic disaster of Canadian film maker’s who dragged the Irish into this. Scary? No, this move is as scary as the Wall Street boys and girls are of Occupy Wall Street. The Moth’s are flying through all the festivals and here in Abu Dhabi the desert winds are blowing the Moth’s away. It’s all luxury action at Abu Dhabi Film Festival and My Name is Khan where the party never stops.