Drama - Pre-Production 2008

    • Year of production
    • 2008
    • Genres
    • Drama, Thriller
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    • Budget
    • 3 - 5 M$
    • Duration
    • 85 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Edward POREMBNY
    • Writer(s)
    • Delphine DEWULF, Andrew CLOVER
    • Producer(s)
    • Timothy BURRILL, Edward POREMBNY
    • Synopsis
    • One event is to shape Balthazar Smith’s life beyond his imagination: as a student at l’Academie Gastronomique he humiliates his mentor who as a result dies of a heart attack and leaves his beloved daughter Barbara orphan. It is only fifteen years later when Balthazar has become a phenomenal chef at the top of his game, enjoying all that his success brings, that the past re-emerges to challenge him.
      BEST SERVED COLD is a thriller/drama set in an unspecified modern metropolis; the main settings are two restaurants, one ultra ascetic and the other extravagantly baroque.
      Aimed at the mainstream international audience in the 18-30 age group, BEST SERVED COLD is a tale of revenge amid the threat and desperation of failure, the joy of creation, and a final recognition of the important values in life, a recognition with only arrives when it is too late for redemption.
      Our protagonist Balthazar Smith plunges into despair when his restaurant is degraded from three stars to two. Desperate for inspiration to regain his celebrity status, he turns to a series of mysterious anonymous letters that flatter him and suggest new directions that he should investigate in order to climb back to the summit of his profession. These suggestions lead him down morally dubious avenues. During this quest, two other chefs, the closest thing to friends he has, die in suspicious circumstances. Despite sensing a link between the letters and the death of his friends, Balthazar persists with his increasingly decadent dishes designed, each time, to be the ultimate – a dish whose taste would be so pure and so intense that eating it would be like seeing God – and that seduces his clientele towards a towards acts of depravity and pleasure beyond any limits.
      But Balthazar does not enjoy his new success. He has lost control of his life and is grappling with the guilt of courting a moral low-ground at the mercy of someone whose identity he does not know.
      Ultimately his experiments with aphrodisiacs, poisons and narcotics coincide with the untimely death of one of his patrons. Balthazar sees no other option than to dispose of the evidence and takes drastic steps, committing one of the last taboos: he butchers the body and serves it up as a dish, one which is acclaimed and praised by his patrons. This act proves to be Balthazar’s downfall; Balthazar is arrested, much to the pleasure of the anonymous letter writer.
      Screenplay written by Delphine Dewulf and Andrew Clover adapted form the French book ‘Plaisir en Bouche’ by Beatrice Joyard published by Gallimard, directed and produced by Edward Porembny, and produced by Oscar nominated producer Timothy Burrill, BEST SERVED COLD is a European co-production in development.
      © AMP Polska and Arcadia Moving Pictures UK Ltd
    • Partners & financing
    • A Polish/German/UK Co-Production.
      Financier already attached: Audley Films (Finance Group behind films made by Billy August and Stephen Woolley).
      Presentely looking for: additional partners, distribution.
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