HBO's Latest Anthology Drama Features an Episode Directed by Erik Matti

Food Lore explores the role of food in culture.

( Food is an fundamental part of our lives—from sustenance and nutrition to experimentation and enjoyment, it's one of the experiences that binds people together. HBO's latest anthology on food, Food Lore, focuses on Asian cuisines. The series, which features eight countries, will premiere on November 3 at 10 p.m. on HBO Go and HBO. The first episode, "FOOD LORE: Island of Dreams" is helmed by Filipino filmmaker Erik Matti.

Each hour-long episode will focus on an Asian country's culture and traditions, and how food plays an important role in the lives of their people. Aside from the Philippines, there will be episodes on Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Thailand, Singapore, Japan, and Malaysia.

The Matti-directed episode will premiere at the Tokyo International Film Festival on October 31. It follows the character of Nieves (Angeli Bayani) who left her hometown to work as a domestic helper in Manila, but must return home in time for the annual fiesta.


Vietnam's episode, "FOOD LORE: He Serves Fish, She Eats Flowers" directed by Phan Dang Di, will also premiere at the same film festival. Meanwhile, the India-centric episode, "FOOD LORE: A Plate of Moon," will have its global premiere at the Singapore International Film Festival on November 24.

Food Lore premieres November 3 on HBO and HBO Go.

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