Following the death of his wife, professional chef Cheng travels with his young son to a remote village in Finland to connect with an old Finnish friend he once met in Shanghai. Upon arrival, nobody in the village seems to know his friend, but local café owner Sirkka offers him a place to stay. In return Cheng helps her in the kitchen, surprising the locals with the delights of Chinese cuisine. Gradually his cooking encourages these vastly different cultures to connect, and Cheng is soon a celebrated member of the community. Unfortunately his tourist visa is soon to run out and it’s up to the villagers to come up with a plan to help him stay.

Directed by Mika Kaurismäki
Produced by Mika Kaurismäki
Written by Hannu Oravisto
Starring Anna-Maija Tuokko, Chu Pak Hong, Vesa-Matti Loiri, Kari Väänänen, Lucas Hsuan
Nordic Cinema Competition / Screen Cuisine Sidebar / Crossing Borders Sidebar
Country: Finland
114 minutes
US Premiere