ALL YOU CAN EAT BUDDHA

Sat. Sept. 8 at 7pm
Alma Duncan Salon, Ottawa Art Gallery
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2017
85 minutes
Dir. Ian Lagarde

At the Palacio, a rather forlorn all-inclusive resort somewhere in the Caribbean, there arrives an unusual guest, a gentle French-Canadian behemoth named Mike. After his arrival, unexpected and unusual events begin to take place in this quiet, shabby, sundrenched sanctuary. His voracious appetite, mysterious magnetism, and  otherworldly talents (one of which is as an ‘octopus whisperer’), combine to attract resort staff and tourists alike. Regarded as some kind of spiritual healer, Mike soon finds himself receiving the many and varied affections of those staying at the peculiar resort. His strange, saintly status will eventually complicate not only the operations of the resort itself, but also the intimate personal lives of its staff and guests. Absurdist in some places, magic realist in others, and reminiscent of the deadpan drollery of Aki Kaurismaki and Ulrich Seidl, Ian Lagarde’s arresting debut feature gives new meaning to north-south relations. Enigmatic, eccentric, unforgettable.

Ian Lagarde is a Montreal-based filmmaker. He studied film production at Concordia University in that city, and his early works include the TV documentary The American Savannah (2009), the short films Solar Wind (2011), Board (2012), and Daybreak (2013). He was also the cinematographer for Denis Côté's Vic + Flo Saw a Bear (2013). All You Can Eat Buddha is Ian Lagarde’s first feature.

Tish Chambers