Brunella Filì, Ines VASILJEVIC
Charismatic and handy with a persimmon, food presenter Nick Difino had a career that was taking off. His cooking series Breakfast Club, featuring vegan, vegetarian and traditional Italian dishes, had barely gone online when a most unexpected diagnosis hit: cancer. Food had already inspired his motto, “Happiness can be found everywhere…It’s better if you find it at the table.” But his recipes now had to guide the shell-shocked Difino on a deeper search for meaning. Part interview, part cooking lesson, part road trip, Alla Salute seeks out with 5 famous Italian chefs, poet and philosopher (friends of Nick) their thoughts about life’s greater purpose— while cooking the dishes their dear friend craves, but can’t eat. Combining their culinary demonstrations with Difino’s video diary of cancer treatment, the film asks whether a person can be truly happy despite being gravely ill. Somewhere between plates of eggplant parmesan and golden panzerotti with wild broccoli, filmmaker Brunella Filì turns up unexpected answers.