World Premiere of ‘Eating Animals’ Takes Place at Telluride Film Festival
This past weekend, Eating Animals had its World Premiere at the 44th Telluride Film Festival in Colorado.
The documentary, which is based on the New York Times best-seller by Jonathan Safran Foer, is produced and narrated by vegan actress Natalie Portman, who initially adopted a plant-based diet after reading the book. According to Live Kindly:
“The documentary uses graphic footage from inside food processing factories to expose not just the extensive animal cruelty, but the chemicals in the food produced and the alleged corporate environmental degradation. As the film points out, collecting this kind of footage is illegal and could result in a prison sentence for the individuals involved. But what about the truth of how our food is made and what really goes into it? That’s what the film explores.”
While it is usually the case that films never match the quality of the books they are based on, Foer told Deadline:
“I was kind of actually really thrilled about all the ways it departed from the book. It covered a lot of things I wish I had known about when I wrote it. Also a moving image can capture somebody’s heart in a way that is different, not better or worse, than the way that a book can. Just to be able to linger on a farmer’s face, and certainly the images inside farms, is incredibly persuasive but can also be challenging.”
Deadline notes that that film “received a standing ovation at its first screening here at the festival,” which took place from September 1 to 4.