U.S. distributor Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired worldwide rights to Wayne Wang’s documentary Soul of a Banquet.
The doc (pictured above) tells the story of Cecilia Chiang, the restaurateur credited with bringing authentic Chinese food to the U.S. after opening San Francisco’s The Mandarin restaurant in 1961.
Soul of a Banquet, still in production, had a work-in-progress benefit screening last year at the San Francisco Film Society. It will premiere later this year.
Wang, whose previous credits include The Joy Luck Club and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, intends to showcase Chinese gastronomy as well as Chiang’s journey from pre-Cultural Revolution Beijing to the U.S. West Coast in the doc.
“Cecilia not only changed the face of American cuisine when she opened the Mandarin, she also made the very best potstickers when I arrived in San Francisco from Hong Kong,” Wang said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to partnering with Oscilloscope to introduce Cecilia’s story and her sumptuous cooking to a new generation of foodies.”
Dan Berger and David Laub, who oversee marketing, distribution and acquisitions at Oscilloscope, added: “It’s a late Christmas gift to [Oscilloscope] – and what better way for two Jewish boys to celebrate Christmas than with Chinese food?”