Directed by Fernando Grostein Andrade (Brazil, 2018, 85 min.). Digital. English, Arabic, and Portuguese with English subtitles. New England premiere.
Abraham Solomon-Odeh—"Avram" to his Israeli-Jewish maternal family, "Ibrahim" to his Palestinian-Muslim paternal family, and "Abraham" to his Brooklyn parents—prefers to be called simply Abe. A 12-year-old with a passion for cooking (and a food blog called Abe Cooks), he is tired of mediating between members of his politically-at-odds family. One evening at a food festival in his multiethnic neighborhood, Abe meets Chico, an Afro-Brazilian chef from Bahia with a "Mix It Up" kitchen featuring a fusion of South American, Jamaican, and New York flavors. As he searches for a catalyst that can bring his family together, Abe wonders if the flavors and foods of his grandparents' homeland might do the trick. Noah Schnapp (Stranger Things; Bridge of Spies) and Brazilian musician/actor Seu Jorge (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou; City of God) star in this sweet drama that Indiewire called "Sundance’s most charming film."
"Drawing on his personal background and the multifaceted aspects of both Brazilian and American culture, Andrade serves up an enticing dramedy."—The Hollywood Reporter