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Knife Skills

Thomas Lennon
Documentary Features :: Magnolia
Running Time:70:00 minutes
Event Date(s)
4:45 PM EST
Saturday, November 11
CFCC Union Station

What does it take to build a world-class French restaurant? What if the staff is almost entirely men and women just out of prison? What if most have never cooked or served before, and have barely two months to learn their trade?

We follow the hectic launch of Edwins restaurant in Cleveland and in this improbable setting, with its mouth-watering dishes and its arcane French vocabulary, we discover the challenges of men and women finding their way after their release. We come to know three trainees intimately, as well as the restaurant’s founder, himself haunted by his time in jail. They all have something to prove, and all struggle to launch new lives, an endeavor as pressured and perilous as the ambitious restaurant launch of which they are a part.


Short Before the Feature: Thao And The Get Down Stay Down “Meticulous Bird” // Jonny Look :: A reclamation of the body while dancing in a purple paisley jumpsuit in this music video for “Meticulous Bird,” Thao Nguyen’s song with the Get Down Stay Down.


Thomas Lennon’s work in documentary film earned him an Academy Award and three Oscar nominations. But his good fortune has more often come in pairs: two duPont-Columbia awards, two national Emmys, two George Foster Peabodys, and two films that premiered at Sundance. He’s now a Soros Media Justice Fellow.