Escrito por Fernando Grostein Andrade com os roteiristas palestinos Lameece Issaq e Jacob Kader, o filme conta a histÃ³ria de Abe (Noah Schnapp), 12 anos, que cozinha para unir a famÃlia metade de origem palestina e metade israelense. Pelas ruas do Brooklyn, Abe conhece Chico Catuaba (Seu Jorge), um chefe brasileiro que mistura sabores do mundo todo em uma feira gastronÃ´mica de rua. Explorando a vida e Nova Iorque, escondido dos pais, Abe faz um pedido especial para Chico: quer trabalhar e aprender â€œfusion foodâ€.
It may be a touch early to call it, but Fernando Grostein Andradeâ€™s â€œAbeâ€ appears to be putting in an early bid for this Sundanceâ€™s most charming film. It will certainly be the festivalâ€™s most charming film about an Israeli-Jewish kid with an identity crisis who attempts to find his way out of fraught familial connections through the magic of cooking. After all, who doesnâ€™t like food? Such is the apparent theme of â€œAbe,â€ which stars â€œStranger Thingsâ€ lead Noah Schnapp in the eponymous role as a foodie on a tasty mission.
Per the filmâ€™s official synopsis: â€œThe Israeli-Jewish side of his family calls him Avram. The Palestinian-Muslim side Ibrahim. His first-generation American agnostic lawyer parents call him Abraham. But the 12-year-old kid with a blog from Brooklyn just prefers, well, Abe. Abe, a foodie who loves to cook, has never had a birthday dinner without a fight about politics and this year, on his twelfth birthday, things couldnâ€™t have been much worse. Feeling hungry and dispirited Abe sneaks away to a late-night food festival and chances upon the â€˜Mix It Upâ€™ Pop-Up run by Chico, an Afro-Brazilian chef from Bahia, who quit the high-end restaurant world to bring his special brand of fusion cuisine to the streets.â€
nd thatâ€™s not all! While Abeâ€™s parents Amir and Rebecca recognize Abeâ€™s talent and interest, they react in typical lame parent fashion: they sign him up for a summer cooking camp that doesnâ€™t quite appeal to him. The whipsmart Abe has other ideas, however, and turns to Chico for mentorship. It all leads to one big question: â€œCan Abe craft the perfect meal and bring his family together?â€ In the filmâ€™s first trailer, the disconnect between his family is readily apparent â€” though, admittedly, it seems quite amusing â€” and itâ€™s clear that Abe is about to whip something up amazing.
The film also stars Seu Jorge, Dagmara DomiÅ„czyk, Arian Moayed, Mark Margolis, Salem Murphy, Tom Mardirosian, and Daniel Oreske.