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Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy (2019) | 1h 15 min | Documentary, biography | USA, Mexico
dir.: Elizabeth Carroll
Cast: Diana Kennedy, Alice Waters, José Andrés, Gabriela Camara
Documentary, biography – USA, Mexico – 2019 – 1h 15 min
Synopsis: Standing barely five feet tall with a still-thick English accent, Diana is a formidable critic of any individual who doesn’t agree with her subjective views of Mexican culinary traditions, or, God forbid, doesn’t recycle. The author of nine acclaimed cookbooks, Diana has spent nearly seventy years exploring Mexico (typically solo in her truck), and researching the country’s varied and complex cuisines. A two-time “James Beard” Award winner, Kennedy was decorated with an Order of the Aztec Eagle from the Mexican government in 1982 and became a Member of the Order of the British Empire from the UK in 2002. Despite her notable achievements, Diana is difficult to categorize; often referred to as the “Julia Child of Mexico.” Given her edgier style, however, she prefers a different title: “The Mick Jagger of Mexican Cuisine.”
The film explores Diana’s vibrant, unconventional life, blending vérité with archival footage, photographs and interviews. Viewers accompany her in intimate settings at home – cooking, gardening, and traveling to accept awards and speak to audiences. The film features interviews with notable chefs and friends including Alice Waters, José Andrés, Rick Bayless, and Gabriela Cámara, along with footage from Diana’s TLC 1992 cooking show, “The Art of Mexican Cooking.” Whether she is instructing chefs at her infamous “Boot Camp” cooking school, blazing her truck over the cobblestone roads of Zitácuaro or sunbathing with a scotch on her balcony, Diana is captivatingly bold, spirited, and unapologetically herself.
Awards: Two awards for Best Documentary Feature at SXSW Film Festival (2019), awards for Best Documentary at Santa Fé IFF (2019) and Palm Springs IFF (2020); presented in the Official Selection at San Francisco IFF (2019).