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It didn't look like I was going to make it this morning because the day started with a monsoon and my flight out of NY was cancelled which of course I wasn't notified about until I was at the airport, but everything worked out well and I made it onto a lovely Air Canada flight and arrived only one hour behind schedule. I also met a distributor Stuart Strutin of Panorama Entertainment on the flight and found out he is distributing Niki Caro (Whale Rider) film The Vintner's Luck. He also has a bunch of other female directed films that… »
Most American audiences will recognize Gaspard Ulliel (who has one of the coolest names in the biz, for the record), as the younger Hannibal Lecter in the 2007 prequel Hannibal Rising. However, he is just getting his young career started at the age of 26. He has amassed solid credits with roles in the fantastic period drama Brotherhood of the Wolf, as well as A Very Long Engagement, Paris, je t'aime, and The Vintner's Luck, which hits theaters in America on May 11. Before that, Gaspard Ulliel stars in another compelling period piece, The Princess of Montpensier, which will be released in New York and Los Angeles on April 15. The drama will also be shown on the Sundance Selects VOD platform starting on April 20 before its nationwide expansion on April 29.
Gaspard Ulliel portrays Henri de Guise, »
The last time I remember mentioning Niki Caro's The Vintner's Luck was August 2009 when I previewed a few titles playing at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. The film played the fest and was ultimately forgotten.
Mike Goodridge at Screen Daily said it fell "midway between absurd and engrossing, misjudged and intelligent."
And Justin Chang at Variety said, "It's one of those ambitious grand-summation works -- rooted in the bittersweet truism that life, like wine, grows richer with age -- but not even Caro's earthy, sensuous filmmaking can overcome the tale's glib supernatural conceit, overstated moral lessons and overall dramatic torpor."
Based on Elizabeth Knox's bestselling novel, The Vintner's Luck is set in early 19th century France and tells the story of Sobran Jodeau (Jeremie Renier), a young peasant winemaker and the three loves of his life--his wife Celeste (Keisha Castle-Hughes), the baroness Aurora de Valday (Vera Farmiga) and »
- Brad Brevet
The homevid label Panorama Ent. have picked up some table scraps that nobody wants in Niki Caro's The Vintner's Luck - a surprise bomb that appeared at the 2009 edition of Tiff from the filmmaker who gave us the affecting The Whale Rider. The wine-making period romance will make its U.S. premiere this month at the Sedona Film Festival with a theatrical roll-out planned for this spring/summer. Gist: An adaptation of Elizabeth Knox's novel of the same name, the film is a story of love, wine and angels set in early 19th century France. It tells the tale of an ambitious, young, peasant winemaker and his lifelong relationship with an angel as together they grapple with the sensual, the sacred and the profane in search of the perfect vintage. Worth Noting: With the kind of accolades that Caro received for her debut film, she then directed 2005's »
4 items from 2011
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