4th DMZ Docs(2012)
I AM DOCU
In 2009, Michel Bras, at the head of a 3-star restaurant (Michelin guide), in the heart of the Aubrac region, decides to hand over to his son Sébastien. A father and his son. Both at a crucial time in their careers. Is it possible to pass on one’s life’s work? Is it so easy for a son to make a name for himself? This ﬁlm is the story of a family over three generations, a ﬁne reﬂection on passing down know-how, on heritage. Step Up to the Plate is a follow-up of the director’s previous documentary about Michel Bras. As an amateur cook and lifelong fan of Michel Bras’s work, Paul Lacoste asked Michel if he could make a ﬁlm portrait of his artistic creation when he received his third Michelin star in 1999. This marked the start of a documentary series about 9 major French chefs (Inventing Cuisine). In 2010, he approached Michel and Sébastien with the idea of creating a feature-length documentary about the handing-over of the restaurant from father to son. Paul Lacoste followed them for a year, ﬁlming this crucial time in their lives. The ﬁlm is about cooking, and above all, about the relationship between a father and his son.
Paul Lacoste has taught ﬁlm directing for 15 years at Ecole Superieure d’Audiovisuel (ESAV) in Toulouse. At the same time, he has directed shorts and medium-length works of fiction. In 2010, he wrote a play about religion and family, directed it, and adapted it for the cinema under the title Les Eaux Fortes. Entre les Bras / Step Up to the Plate (2011) Les Eaux Fortes (2010) Reportage (2006) Un an Dans les Vignes / One Year in the Vineyard (2004)
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