Filmmaker Pablo Banchero's joyful celebration of Uruguayan cuisine follows celebrated chef, author and restaurateur Hugo Soca on a mouth-watering trip through his motherland's rich and varied culinary traditions. Interweaving Soca's own memories of growing up on a farm in southern Uruguay with a lively array of interview subjects — from cheese artisans to winemakers, sommeliers, fishermen, farmers and home cooks — the documentary explores Uruguayan cuisine's complex roots in Swiss, German and indigenous traditions, looking at specialties such as Tannat wines, Queso Colonia (a regional variety of Emmental cheese), fish stew and grilled meats from an asado (communal barbecue). A treat for food and film lovers alike, CRIOLLO is a delightful and sumptuous look at the connection between cuisine and culture. Official Selection, 2021 Seattle International Film Festival. DIR/SCR/PROD Pablo Banchero; SCR Nicolás Kronfeld; PROD Karen Jawetz, Hugo Soca. Uruguay, 2020, color, 79 min. In Spanish with no subtitles. NOT RATED
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