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Tuesday, April 20th, 2010, 7:30 PM


Canada/2009/103min/35mm LA Premiere

ArcLight Hollywood

Director:Dilip Mehta

Producer:David Hamilton, Deepa Mehta

Screenwriter:Dilip Mehta, Deepa Mehta

Cinematographer:Giles Nuttgens

Editor:Gareth C. Scales

Music Composer:Mychael Danna, Amritha Vaz

Cast:Seema Biswas, Lisa Ray, Don McKellar

The first feature from writer/director Dilip Mehta, which premiered to great reviews at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival, COOKING WITH STELLA is a quirky, warm-hearted comedy about scheming cook Stella (Seema Biswas) who uses her long-term post as the personal chef to the Canadian High Commission in New Delhi to run an elaborate grey market import business. Her easy lifestyle is ground to a halt when a new and unconventional family of Canadian diplomats arrive - unconventional in that the wife is the diplomat and the husband is a stay at home dad. More pointedly, the husband is a chef who's determined to learn the art of Indian cooking and keeps a constant eye on Stella in the hopes of learning her culinary secrets. In the brief moments when Stella's able to evade the husband, she's forced to deal with a righteous nanny who disapproves of her scheming ways. 

Can Stella keep up her countless deceptions, while also maintaining a happy and functional household?

Hindi & English (English subtitles)