• Tuesday 7 October 21:15 Cineworld


112 mins

Director: Marcos Jorge Country: Brazil, Italy
Writer: Lusa Silvestre Original Format: 35mm
Dir. of Photography: Toca Seabra Print Source: Indiana Production
Producer: Cláudia da Natividade, Fabricio Donvito, Marco Cohen and Gabrielle Mucino
Cast: João Miguel, Fabiula Nascimento and Babu Santana

Film Details

UK Premiere

Short Synopsis:

The world is made of those who eat and those who get eaten. Raimundo Nonato, our protagonist, finds an alternative way: he cooks. He cooks first in a bar, then in an Italian Restaurant and then in prison - how did he end up in jail? He cooks and learns how to get by in a society divided in two between those who eat and those who get eaten. What he learns, are a series of rules he uses to his advantage: in the end, the cook must also get his share of food – and only he knows which part tastes best.


Combining a mysterious mix of sex and food into a cunning portrait, Nonato, a silent and strange protagonist finds himself working in a fast food restaurant kitchen when he is unable to pay the bill. There his clientele marvel at the deep fried ‘pastels’ and ‘coxinhas’ as he surpasses his boss’s skills and becomes the talk of the neighbourhood. Cutting in what is thought to be flash forwards, Nonato is confined to a prison cell with eight other inmates where he is noticed for his keen culinary skills. Turning maggot-ridden rice into delicacies he is offered a step up the hierarchy, on the bunk bed under the feared gangster leader. Director Marcos Jorge avoids revealing the causes for his sentence, but nonetheless Nonato’s is just as much sentenced to the kitchen, even when meeting Iria, a local whore with a large appetite, who exchanges hot sex for haute cuisine. It is also uncertain whether Nonato is retarded or a genius and as he climbs his way up the echelon within the kitchens we are unsure whether his confinement is his cell or his escape.
Stunningly subtle whilst at the same time voraciously gritty, Estomago scooped four major awards at its world premiere at the Rio Film Festival including Best Actor for Joao Miguel, the Audience and Jury Awards and was selected for the Official Selection at the Berlin Film Festival. Estomago gained the largest national box office for 9 weeks after its release in Brazil.
 “A mélange of food, sex and power not seen since Peter Greenaway's The Cook, The Thief, His Wife And Her Lover” (Screen International)