Florent: Queen of the Meat Market

Documentary USA 2009

In June 2008, "Florent", the famous restaurant in the Meat Market district in New York, closed its doors once and for all, marking the end of an era. The story of chef Florent Morellet who followed his passions for catering, show business and political activism to create and run the restaurant, that soon became a haven for the gay community and many others. The memories of the staff who worked there, of friends and celebrities who attended and loved it (including Julianne Moore, Isaac Mizrahi and Christo). Drag queen shows, happenings, political actions (as, for example, filling the restaurant with naked, HIV positive men and women at the end of the Eighties): the director, a regular customer from the beginning, pays an emotional homage to the restaurant and its owner. The final goodbye to a symbol of a New York of another era: free, crazy and welcoming.

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