Two halves form a harmonious whole in Feast of the Epiphany, the new feature from Reverse Shot editors Michael Koresky and Jeff Reichert and longtime RS staff writer Farihah Zaman. Feast made its world premiere on June 23 at BAMcinemaFest 2018. More showtimes and more festivals to come.
Here’s the synopsis from BAM:
Two halves form a harmonious whole in this ingenious documentary-narrative shape-shifter. In part one, Abby, a 20-something Brooklynite, prepares to throw an intimate dinner party, a meticulously planned evening that takes an unexpected turn when the guest of honor shows up and raw emotions rise to the surface. Then suddenly, audaciously, we are whisked away to an altogether different reality—one that both deepens and challenges our understanding of what came before. Hinging on this daring gambit, Feast of the Epiphany blossoms into a subtly profound reminder that behind every story are a multitude of others waiting to be told.
Check out the reviews below!
“Entirely unexpected. Feast of the Epiphany continually surprises and works to innovate the viewer’s understanding of what 'narrative' cinema can communicate . . . A conscious, courageous attempt to recalibrate notions of society and belonging.” —The Film Stage
“It’s refreshing that Koresky, Reichert, and Zaman demand so much from their viewers, especially when the film itself is so eminently pleasurable to watch. A difficult film that isn’t at all a difficult sit, Feast of the Epiphany lays the groundwork for questions and never once concerns itself with answers.” —RogerEbert.com
“A film whose formal experiments offer the viewer the abundant food for thought promised by the title . . . By pivoting on a seemingly incidental element of everyday life to look at where our food literally comes from, Feast of the Epiphany becomes a political prompt, reminding us to consider the origins of our consumables and the processes and structures that shape them.” —The Village Voice
“In an independent film scene that too often evinces a paucity of imagination, Feast of the Epiphany displays a refreshingly protean ambition . . What’s achieved is a delicate interplay between constituent, subtly connected parts which don’t fuse together so much as vibrate in expectation, creating generative flashes of recognition in the process. Dig deeper. You don’t know what you may find.” —In Review Online
“The conceit is entrancing . . . The more one spends time in the company of Feast of the Epiphany—enhanced by an intermittent classical score by Sibelius and Ashley Connor’s inquisitive, enticing cinematography—the more it develops into a tantalizing portrait of both the fascinating realities behind people’s day-to-day existences and of the role food plays in fostering communion with friends, colleagues and the larger natural world.” —Variety
“The film requires an openness rarely asked of an audience, and it prescribes a solution to suffocating individualism.” —Mubi
“The particular way the movie moves from its first to second half is so smart and thoughtful that I was momentarily dazed... Interrogate[s] otherwise implicit economic factors normally embedded into narratives with no interest in the larger systemic ramifications.” —Filmmaker
“A genuinely innovative blend of narrative and nonfiction . . . the effect is akin to striking fire with two sharp rocks. It’s a film that takes on more square footage each time it shifts gears as much mentally as it does physically, delivering on its promise of epiphanies and then some.” —Moveable Feast
“Adopting an exploration of storytelling models and characterization, the directorial team for Feast worked with every detail to bring together a film model you might not be accustomed to, but will help you to better appreciate both narrative and documentary storytelling . . . The film will have you considering what goes behind a story.” —The Knockturnal