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Directed by Ángel Parra, José Antonio Blanco

Spain 2017 75 mins. In Spanish, French, Japanese

“In his renowned restaurant ‘Azurmendi’ in Biscay (Spain), 39-year-old top chef Eneko Atxa is always eager to express new ideas in a dish. By means of new cuisine techniques, he seeks to share the culinary memories of his childhood, the tradition of his land – the Basque Country, and the local products which inspire him, giving his customers an exceptional culinary experience. On this cinematic culinary journey, we also travel to Japan, one of the countries with the most Michelin stars, where gastronomy can become almost a mystical experience as it has always been closely related to history, traditions, culture and roots. Here Atxa meets legendary Jiro Ono, a 90-year-old sushi master, and visits some of the city’s most emblematic places, such as the Tsukiji fish market and the world’s most exclusive restaurant ‘Mibu’. Soul explores the secrets of gastronomy where two cuisines apparently so opposite in their philosophy, conception and experience, have both earned the highest culinary recognition, three Michelin stars.”—Berlinale.

La Ruta PDX will launch with a festival premiere party followed by a private screening of the Spanish documentary film Soul at the Portland Art Museum co-presented by the Northwest Film Center about Basque Country 3-star Michelin chef Eneko Atxa tackling the complex universe of haute cuisine. A cocktail hour before the film will offer cava from Suriol and passed tapas from PLAZA DEL TORO chef Michael Kessler. VIP access will include paella from Jaret Foster and Mona Johnson of Tournant and Gramona Cava. The film will be introduced by Soul film producer Pedro Peira. A cheese and dessert reception after the film will feature Soul star Eneko Atxa’s txakolina being poured in Oregon for the first time.

Limited seating is available for Silver Screen members at the Director level and above; members will receive an email invitation with the opportunity to RSVP. RSVPs received before the invitation has been sent will not be counted. RSVPs will be valid for the film screening only; members who wish to participate in the La Ruta PDX Festival food experiences before and after the film must purchase a ticket through the La Ruta PDX website HERE.

Genres: Documentary

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.