That first "F" in SIFF stands for film, not food, but there's plenty of onscreen eating at the festival to entertain the culinary-minded moviegoer. As a supplement to Seattle Weekly's coverage of the Seattle International Film Festival, Voracious will highlight the program's films of particular interest to those viewers who spend more time in dining rooms than screening rooms.
Momo, it turns out, is a popular name for documentaries. There's Momo: The Sam Giacana Story, a film about the mobster who freed Frank Sinatra from his contract and was reportedly recruited to assassinate Fidel Castro. Then there's Momo: The Missouri Bigfoot, and Momo Kollie, which chronicles a Liberian orphanage.
But the Momo screening at SIFF concerns itself with the momo most familiar to food lovers: Himalayan dumplings. David Johnson's seven-minute short - described as "spare and poignant" - peeks at two Tibetan refugees in north India who make momos to sell at market.
The film depicts Tenzin-la and Tsering-la making dough, filling dough and stuffing dough. That's about it. But as hungry patrons who crowd the viewing window at Din Tai Fung know, there's something visually compelling about the art of dumpling-making.