Los Angeles Premiere | France | 2018 | Documentary | 95 min | In French with English subtitles
Directed by: Bruno Sauvard
Cinematography: Gaël Astruc
Film Editing: Émilie Orsini
Produced by: Nicolas Manuel (Pintxos), Mercenary Prod, WTFilms
Cast: Laurence Mania Krief (Domaine Yoyo), Olivier Cros & Sylvain Respaut (La Cave Apicole), Stéphane Morin (Domaine Léonine), Jean Sébastien Gioan (Domaine Potron Minet), Jean-François Nicq (Les Foulards Rouges), Céline Georget & Michaël Georget (Le Temps Retrouvé), Loïc Roure (Domaine du Possible)
International Sales: WTFilms
U.S. Distributor: The Orchard
U.S. Release Date: 2019
Wine Calling celebrates the ideas, struggles and accomplishments of an innovative new generation of neo-winemakers in Languedoc who are producing natural, organic, biodynamic wines in France. A kind of Woodstock of viticulture, the exuberant documentary exudes a communal, edgy, life-affirming vibe that’s as joyous and rock ‘n’ roll as the film’s pulsing, always-enticing soundtrack. Generous with their knowledge and experience, collective in their approach, always there for one another when times are tough, these seven men and women are, at once, rebels and knights in shining armor — transforming the terroir and traditions, and bringing wellness and sustainability to an elemental French industry that traces its roots to the 6th century BC. The result is pure alchemy!
Director Bruno Sauvard began his career in journalism, before becoming a cameraman for the French army. That field experience prepared him for just about every shooting situation. He soon became first assistant to virtuoso experimental and commercial director Bruno Aveillan, and an ongoing member of the prestigious Quad Productions crew. He has directed more than forty music videos and commercials and recently directed a series of vignettes entitled France Télévisions casse les clichés!, for France TV. Wine Calling is his first feature-length documentary.
Presented in association with: WTFilms