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2017 Wine Country Film Festival

Independent / World Cinema features

  1. Don Ruperto

    Irma Orozco / Independent / World Cinema features, Animation / Germany / 2017 / 11 mins
    Don Ruperto is an old cynical man who does not care about other people's feelings. Ruthlessly he cares just about his own interests. When he gets himself into trouble nevertheless he is helped by those he hurt.

    Precedes: On The Roof ~ El Techo

    On the Roof -with Don Ruperto

    Kenwood Depot
    September 22, 2017 5:30 pm

  2. Duel of Wine

    Nicolás Carreras / Independent / World Cinema features, Food & Wine On Film / Argentina, Italy, Spain / 2016 / Adventure, Comedy, Food, Nature, Romance, Wine / 95 mins
    The famous Sommelier Charlie Arturaola fell from grace after a momentary loss of his taste during the shooting of a movie. The image of "a Sommelier without palate" destroyed his career. After a few years, Charlie becomes a taxi driver, but he never gave up of dreaming to get his reward back. When Charlie accidently gets to know the newcomer Italian sommelier, he will come with a crazy plan to try to get back into the wine world!

    Preceded by: Lambrusco, Behind the Glass, Ruiz and Ramirez (Gary Ruiz and Chris Ramirez Giovacchini), “Taste your Senses – The Family Wines of The Duel”

    Ruiz and Ramirez (Gary Ruiz and Chris Ramirez Giovacchini)

    Quarryhill Botanical Garden
    September 23, 2017 6:30 pm

    Duel of Wine with Lambrusco

    Quarryhill Botanical Garden
    September 23, 2017 7:45 pm

    Preceded By:
    “Taste Your Senses” An Intensive Wine Tasting Workshop

    Quarryhill Conference / Patio
    September 23, 2017 2:00 pm

  3. On The Roof ~ El Techo

    Patricia Ramos / Independent / World Cinema features / Cuba / 2016 / 75 mins
    In Havana, on a roof, three young friends gather every day to tell stories and dreams, treating life as if time passes without notice. In the midst of their boredom, without money and dreaming of prosperity, they decide to set up their own business, a pizza restaurant. Their story embodies hope and the pursuit of aspirations in unclear circumstances. This microcosm speaks volumes about the vibrant culture and climate of Cuba today, showcasing the talents of a new woman director who is someone to watch.

    Preceded by: Don Ruperto

    On the Roof -with Don Ruperto

    Kenwood Depot
    September 22, 2017 5:30 pm

  4. French Tour – Tour de France

    Rachid Djaidani / Arts In Film, Cinema of Conscience, Independent / World Cinema features / France / 2016 / 95 mins
    "French Tour" (Tour de France) stars Gérard Depardieu as Serge, a retired stone mason and amateur painter who is determined to retrace the footsteps of the 18th century master Joseph Vernet who painted the Ports of France for Louis XV.  Serge is determined to set up his easel in the same spot as Vernet and paint the Ports of France himself.   He and his driver, Far’Hook (Sadek) , a rapper on the run, make this grand tour together in spite of the great cultural differences they have.   Despite the age gap and culture clash, an unlikely friendship forms between his talented rapper / driver and the stone mason from the north of France.

    Preceded by: Creme Brûlée (Leta Davis and Ruth Edwards, Oscar Baker (Special Presentation)

    Creme Brûlée (Leta Davis and Ruth Edwards)

    Quarryhill Botanical Garden
    September 24, 2017 6:30 pm

    Oscar Baker (Special Presentation)

    Quarryhill Botanical Garden
    September 24, 2017 7:30 pm

    French Tour – Le Tour de France

    Quarryhill Botanical Garden
    September 24, 2017 7:45 pm

  5. Into Sunlight

    Ron Honsa / Independent / World Cinema features / United States / 2017 / Documentary / 67 mins
    INTO SUNLIGHT brings together a choreographer, her dancers, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the nonfiction book that inspired her bold experiment. David Maraniss' "They Marched Into Sunlight "is a chronicle of the Vietnam era that explores the effects of war on those in battle and those at home. The challenge for choreographer Robin Becker is to combine these historic events in Vietnam and on the home front into a full-scale contemporary dance. Director Ron Honsa blends rehearsal, performance footage and interviews. culminating when the dancers are invited to perform their work in Vietnam, adding another layer of depth to this provocative story of war and its lasting imprint on all of us.
    Plays In:
    Dance Shorts

    Kenwood Depot
    September 23, 2017 11:00 am

  6. Inuit Lands, The Melting Point

    Patrick Morell / Independent / World Cinema features / United States / 2017 / Documentary / 112 mins
    This documentary film by master class presenter Patrick Morell exemplifies the making of history and narrative associated with the documentary film genre. Attempting to portray the world as it really is, Morell’s cinema verité explores the resilience and vulnerability of the Inuit communities in northern Greenland as they face the challenges of social and climatic change. Interviews with Jean Malaurie, a French anthropologist and expert on the Inuits of Thule, and a number of hunters provide first-hand accounts of not only the hunting culture and rich heritage of these communities, but also the kinds of problems they face today. This documentary explores the resilience and the vulnerability of the Inughuit communities of North Greenland, who face new challenges posed by social and climatic changes.
    Inuit Lands; The Melting Point

    Kenwood Depot
    September 23, 2017 5:00 pm

  7. Jack London, an American Adventure

    Viotte Michel / Independent / World Cinema features / France / 2016 / Adventure, Documentary / 96 mins
    At the beginning of the 20th century, Jack London, author of The Call of the Wild, White Fang and Martin Eden, was the most famous American writer of his time and came to symbolize adventure itself. But who was Jack London? He was alternately a vagrant, a gold prospector, a sailor, a rancher, a war reporter and a passionately militant socialist. He lived life at a hectic pace and his journey, intertwined with his writing, strikes us with its intensity. To tell his story is also to tell the story of the birth of modern America : London was the best incarnation of its ambitions, driving forces and contradictions, from the end of the conquest of the Far West to World War One. The docudrama 'Jack London, an American adventure ' commemorates the 100th anniversary of his death and recounts his outstanding fate from remarkable archives, interviews of the greatest American experts and reconstruction scenes shot in 4K and filmed in the Canadian Far North, in Polynesia and on his Californian ranch.

    Preceded by: Arrested (Again)

    Jack London, An American Adventure with Arrested (Again)

    Kenwood Depot
    September 24, 2017 3:00 pm

  8. Kincsem: Bet On Revenge

    Gábor Herendi, Buda Gulyás / Independent / World Cinema features / Hungary / 2017 / 121 mins
    Ernõ Blaskovich lost everything after the Hungarian Revolution of 1848. Kincsem, a magnificent horse gives a purpose of his meaningless, self-destructing life. He gets a chance to gain everything back: revenge, love and fame. Kinscem tells the true story of romance and intrigue following Kincsem - the most successful Thoroughbred race horse ever. Foaled in Kisbér, Hungary in 1874, she is a national icon, and is revered all over the world. Over four seasons Kincsem won all her races against both female and male company at various race tracks across Europe, a record still unbeaten. An exciting romance / horse racing film that is critically acclaimed for good reason. Opening Night features Patricius Tokaj wines and a menu specially prepared by Rainy Day Chocolates and Catering featuring two traditional Hungarian dishes: Goulash and Fozelek.

    Preceded by: Coyote and the Tricksters (George Thompson and special guests)

    Coyote and the Tricksters (George Thompson and special guests)

    Quarryhill Botanical Garden
    September 22, 2017 6:30 pm


    Quarryhill Botanical Garden
    September 22, 2017 7:45 pm

  9. Prime Meridian of Wine

    Nana Jorjadze / Independent / World Cinema features / Georgia / Documentary / 60 mins
    In the 1960's, one of greatest discoveries in wine world was the acknowledgment of Georgia as the birthplace of wine. A young man, dreaming of emigration and seeking his place in life, starts traveling the wine route: England (greatest civilization of wine commerce) and France - (Chateau Margaux, Chateau d'Yquem, Chateau Smith Lafitte, Chateau Branaire-Ducru). The discoveries during his wine adventure bring him back to the birth place of wine, his own birth place: Georgia.
    Prime Meridian of Wine

    Kenwood Depot
    September 24, 2017 11:00 am

  10. Rule of Nature

    Dieter Primig / EcoCinema, Cinema of Conscience, Independent / World Cinema features / Namibia / 2017 / Documentary, Female, Human Rights, Youth / 25 mins
    This documentary explores the current situation of the San people, also known as the “bushmen,” in the south African nation of Namibia. The film poses the question “Adapt or die?” Are the San, largely forced onto conservancies and accustomed to a hunting-gathering lifestyle, willing to abandon aspects of their heritage in order to mesh with the more modern demands of the state? A young San woman provides her insights on the fate of her people and the role of education in protecting their future. Rule of Nature depicts the world of a people in tune with nature, but whose nature is being put to the test.

    Precedes: Left on Pearl

    Left on Pearl with Rule of Nature

    Kenwood Depot
    September 23, 2017 7:00 pm

  11. Slipaway

    Julia Butler, Daniel Mentz / Arts In Film, Independent / World Cinema features / United States / 2016 / Drama, Senior/Aging, Youth / 88 mins
    Neglected by her family, Fall, an eclectic elder with good intentions but extreme measures, finds little companionship in our hyper-busy world. When she comes across Adam, a young street musician selling his keyboard, she buys it on a whim under the pretense of wanting to learn piano. Suspicious and wary, Adam agrees to teach her and quickly finds himself captured in an unsteady home with one feisty yet compassionate lady. Loaded with heart and grace, Slipaway features fine performances by Elaine Partnow and Jesse Pepe.

    Preceded by: Mrs Drake

    Slipaway with Mrs Drake

    Kenwood Depot
    September 23, 2017 3:00 pm

  12. “StoryTelling with a Camera” – A Documentary Master Class

    Master Class, EcoCinema, Cinema of Conscience, Independent / World Cinema features / Master Class / 105 mins
    "Storytelling with a Camera." A MASTERCLASS WITH PATRICK MORELL – Producer / Director / Cinematographer / Editor INUIT LANDS. Patrick will reveal his process to unfold a story of a culture through dynamic images, character development, historical context and complex socio-economic factors, all wrapped up in a feature length documentary.
    “StoryTelling with a Camera” – A Documentary Master Class

    Kenwood Depot
    September 24, 2017 9:00 am

  13. An Undeniable Voice

    Price Arana / Cinema of Conscience, Independent / World Cinema features / United States / 2016 / Documentary, Hiistory, Human Rights, Senior/Aging, Social Justice / 16 mins
    Sam Harris, believed to be one of the youngest to survive the camps during the Holocaust, shares his amazing story of survival with philanthropist and activist Sharon Stone.
    Plays In:
    Cinema of Conscience Shorts Program

    Kenwood Depot
    September 22, 2017 6:45 pm

  14. Wilderness

    Justin John Doherty / Independent / World Cinema features / United Kingdom / 2017 / 84 mins
    Influenced by the character driven style of John Cassavetes’ films, Wilderness introduces viewers to John, a touring jazz musician who has never met a woman like Alice. That's because there aren't many women like Alice. Their love is urgent and physical and they have made heady declarations of devotion to each other. Blowing out of the city like a whirlwind in the night, Alice and John flee to the coast. However, over the course of this romantic weekend getaway, they come into contact with strangers and friends and the bubble threatens to burst as they discover the vulnerabilities, flaws and manipulations that were previously masked by the blissful waves of new love.

    Preceded by: Old Dog, Solitude

    Wilderness with Old Dog & Solitude

    Kenwood Depot
    September 24, 2017 5:00 pm

  15. Wines & Vines

    Kenwood Depot
    September 24, 2017 1:00 pm