Director: Peter Hedges

81 minutes, U.S.A., 2003, Colour, DVD

Confident that preparing Thanksgiving dinner in her miniature apartment presents no significant challenges, April (Katie Holmes) invites her estranged family to New York to mark the occasion. While they set out from the suburbs, stopping along the way for bagels and Krispy Kreme doughnuts, April learns that her oven is on the blink and resorts to knocking on the doors of her assorted neighbours to ask for help. With an outstanding supporting cast including Oliver Platt and Patricia Clarkson – who was nominated for an Oscar for her performance as April’s cancer-suffering but nevertheless intractable mother – this is a warm and deeply savoury offering. (Notes by Alice Butler.)

This screening will include the short film, Courgette Pickle, by Aoife McElwain and Mark Duggan of Forkful TV (www.forkful.tv), and will be followed by a meal inspired by the film in the IFI Café Bar. Our menu is as (tickets €20).

Our menu for this event is as follows:

Roast Chicken Waldorf Salad

Turkey Schnitzel served with Green Bean Casserole

Goat’s Cheese and Pumpkin Tart served with Green Leaves


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