90 minutes, U.S.A., 2014, Colour, D-Cinema

Feast Your Eyes, our monthly gastronomic feature, is being freshened up this March. The IFI Café Bar will continue to pair specially created menus to complement a film for just €20, but we’re bringing our foodie regulars right up to date as the dinner will now follow a newly released film from the IFI programme. On March 11th at 18.30, enjoy Appropriate Behaviour followed by food inspired by the film. 

The film:
Shirin is a sexually ambiguous Brooklynite who has recently split from her committed lesbian girlfriend Maxine. She has kept the relationship a secret from her doting Iranian parents and, with sibling rivalry simmering when her over-achieving doctor brother announces his engagement, Shirin’s Persian heritage and familial duty weighs heavily as she attempts to negotiate her hip, polysexual, politically correct environment while dealing with her broken heart. There has been an acknowledged nod to Annie Hall and a number of comparisons to Lena Dunham’s work in appreciations of Appropriate Behaviour, yet it stands apart as a fresh, frank, sharply observed and effortlessly funny identity comedy that marks the welcome arrival of its writer, director and lead actor Desiree Akhavan as an exciting new voice in American independent cinema. Akhavan is an enigmatic presence at the heart of the film, playing an emotionally anchorless 20-something with honest, relatable authenticity.

The food:
Choose from one of the following after the film…

Joujeh Kebab – juicy pieces of chicken breast marinated in lemon juice, olive oil, saffron & onion, served with aromatic saffron rice & grilled tomatoes & side salad.
Lamb stew Ghemeh – a traditional family meal, this is a tomato-based lamb stew cooked in special tomato sauce, diced onion, yellow split peas, topped with fries and served with fluffy basmati rice.
Vegetarian Stew – black-eyed beans, mushroom, peppers slowly cooked in a creamy tomato sauce, served with basmati saffron rice.

Tickets: €20 (free list suspended). Please note our online/phone bookings system is experiencing difficulties, please reserve your place in person in IFI Box Office.

Appropriate Behaviour opens at the IFI on March 6th.

See also: Irish Whiskey Tasting Evening on Monday, March 16th in the IFI Café Bar. 

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