Terroir of Cinema
Iciar Bollain / Cinema of Conscience, Paseo de Espana, Terroir of Cinema, Woman Filmmaker / Germany, Spain / 2016 / 98 minsCLOSING NIGHT UNDER THE STARS A richly textured environmental family drama that touches hearts and stirs our social conscience. When Alma's grandfather refuses to speak for years, grieving for a 2000 year-old olive tree that the family uprooted and sold (sadly a common reality in Castellón, Spain today), she embarks on a journey from Spain to Germany in order to retrieve the ancient tree and return it to the family orchard, so that he may have peace in his final days. The Olive Tree is written by Paul Laferty, Ken Loach’s long time collaborator and the writer of Bollain’s Oscar contender, “Even The Rain” (a WCFF special event in 2011). It is a perfect film for our “Films al Fresco™” Closing Night film under the stars.
Benoit Delepine & Gustave Kervern / Food On Film, Road Movie, Special Event, Terroir of Cinema, Wine, World Cinema, Youth / France / 2016 / Agriculture, Comedy, Food, Road Movie, Romance, Sexuality, Social Issues, Terrior of Cinema, Viticulture, Wine / 101 minsOPENING NIGHT UNDER THE STARS Sideways goes French in this fond and gloriously witty comedy-drama starring Gérard Depardieu as a widowed farmer who’s willing to go to the lengths and breadths of rural France on an impromptu wine tour to bond with his son, the lonely big kid with a heart.“Three unlikely heroes (Gérard DEPARDIEU, Benoit POELVOORDE, Vincent LACOSTE) take to the road in this broad but pleasing picturesque wine tour featuring improbable sex and a kooky cameo from Michel Houellebecq.”Peter Bradshaw-·The Guardian
Preceded by: Winter Frog
Slony Sow / Food On Film, Shorts, Terroir of Cinema, Wine, World Cinema / France / 2011 / Art, Asian, Cultural, Healing, Landscape, Nature, Terrior of Cinema, Viticulture, Wine / 18 minsBenjamin, winemaker, sees his wife die in his arms following a long illness. Only one way for him: death. But a young Japanese woman, coming specially to taste his wine, will gently bring him to mourn the death of his wife by a series of symbols and exchanges between two cultures. A moving portrayal by French actor/winemaker Gérard Depardieu put this film at the top of our favorites.
Precedes: Saint Amour