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Jiro Dreams of Sushi Goes to Magnolia Before North American Tribeca Premiere

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood April 20, 2011 at 7:08AM

North American rights for Jiro Dreams of Sushi have gone to Magnolia, which plans to release the film later this year. Jiro Dreams had its world premiere at the Berlinale and will make its North American premiere at Tribeca on April 21. The film follows 85-year old chef Jiro Ono and his son, Yoshikazu, who is heir to his legendary Tokyo restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro.
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North American rights for Jiro Dreams of Sushi have gone to Magnolia, which plans to release the film later this year. Jiro Dreams had its world premiere at the Berlinale and will make its North American premiere at Tribeca on April 21. The film follows 85-year old chef Jiro Ono and his son, Yoshikazu, who is heir to his legendary Tokyo restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro.

Magnolia calls the film "a mouthwatering love letter to sushi and a moving testament to the beauty of family, tradition and the pursuit of perfection in one’s work."

Magnolia SVP Tom Quinn states:

Jiro Dreams of Sushi teaches invaluable life lessons about honor, dedication, and the philosophy of perfectionism, but it’s also the most scrumptious and appetizing film you’ll see all year. Foodies, prepare to be indulged…[Director] David Gelb is an exciting new talent, and we’re happy to be welcoming him to the Magnolia family.”

This article is related to: Festivals, Genres, Independents, News, Tribeca, Documentaries, Magnolia


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.