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PARIS -- Organizers of the first International Festival of Cinema and Gastronomy, to take place Nov. 17-21 in the Burgundy capital of Dijon, on Monday announced a mouthwatering lineup of food-related movies and culinary events. The fest opens, appropriately, with Bertrand Tavernier's 1974 picture Que la Fete Commence (Let the Party Begin), followed by Gabriel Axel's 1987 film about a sumptuous banquet, Babette's Feast. After the evening screening, some 200 invitees will attend a re-enactment of the banquet in the celebrated Burgundy winery Chateau du Clos Vougeot, whose wine was served in the film. The first edition has only a smattering of international talent on the guest list, including Italian helmer Ettore Scola, who is due in town for a screening of his film Le Diner. Part of a day will be dedicated to Italian cuisine, and Mexican director Alfonso Arau will accompany his tale of love and cookery Like Water for Chocolate.

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