Foodies' delight / Mohammad Bakri
Mohammad Bakri, actor.
1. For my last meal on earth I’d like to eat:
I’m not much of a gourmand. I think it would be easier for me to choose a last film, a last woman, a last play. And still, for my last meal I would choose anything prepared by my mother, Saida. I miss her and her food.
2. An unforgettable childhood memory related to food or the kitchen:
During the days of austerity, in 1957, I was 4 years old, and I remember that one day we didn’t have food. There were only breadcrumbs fried in a little oil with a bit of sugar on top. I cried, and that made everyone around me break down, and they immediately joined in and cried, too. That was my first revolt against hunger.
3. An unforgettable food experience:
In 2008 I was in a Japanese restaurant in Tokyo with a film director who had made a film about [the terrorist] Kozo Okamoto. The restaurant owner, a professor of history and philosophy, personally prepared the meal for us, refused to let the waitresses serve it, and insisted on serving everything himself. That was the tastiest meal I have ever eaten.
4. An unfulfilled food fantasy:
The truth is that I don’t have one. Maybe a longing for the creme brulee I ate at the Cannes Festival in 1996, when we were invited with the film “Haifa,” directed by Palestinian director Rashid Masharawi.
5. I will never touch:
Frogs and seafood that is black on the outside.
6. An unforgettable meal from books or movies:
“The Big Feast,” an Italian film directed by Marco Ferreri, starring Marcello Mastroianni. A black and satirical allegory about the satisfied bourgeoisie that eats itself to death. Four friends meet and eat until they die, while enjoying the food. An avant-garde film that was so horrifying I can’t forget it.