As we approach the Academy Awards, I am reminded of the many, many films that have stirred something in me, opened me up to themes that are reflections of the Divine.
As we seek to be a church that lives into our vision statement, one that celebrates that "We are enriched by music and the arts," we will be starting up a new series called God of Film. Films chosen will open us to the ways that God moves through redemption, community, challenge, hope, and love - not to mention beauty, storytelling, and music.
Some of the films will be grittier than others, some will be old and some will be current; but all should spark good discussion and much to think about. Friends and guests are always welcome. Our first film will be: Babettes Gæstebud ("Babette's Feast"), 1987, Gabriel Axel.
Adapted from Isak Dinesen's short story, Babette’s Feast is a feast in itself, for the heart, the senses, and above all for the spirit. Winner of the Best Foreign Film Oscar, the film’s deceptively simple story is about a Parisian culinary genius named Babette (Ste'phane Audran) - with a secret - who is taken in by two aging sisters, Martina (Birgitte Federspiel) and Philippa (Bodil Kjer), daughters of a now-deceased Protestant minister on the isolated Jutland coast of Denmark.