DIRECTOR: Bruno Sauvard
FRANCE / 2018
FRI 1 – SUN 17 MAY 2020
RUNNING TIME: 95 MINS
Natural wine is to wine today what rock was to music in the ’60s and ’70s.
Take a handful of alternative thinkers, some veteran exponents of a bacchic art, a strong sense of community and the ability to make mistakes in pursuit of a good tipple and there you have it – Wine Calling, by Bruno Sauvard. This upbeat and highly enjoyable documentary gives an inside look at a new wave of organic French winemakers, ones who are pushing back against industrial production methods and using biodynamic or natural, sustainable viticulture processes instead. But this film isn’t by any means a lightly disguised promo. It tells of mistakes, frustration, failures and long and tedious learning episodes where good outcomes vanish at the pull of a cork. “There’s no Holy Grail in winemaking,” admits one bio-viticulturist as he tells of the constant need to feel and interact with the wine, and adapt to its needs for a great result. “It’s a regression!” he admits. What shines through this film is the love of tradition, love of wine, and the passion for a glass of unique taste and traditional sustainability. Le vin se lève!
FRIDAY 15 MAY 8.30PM
Make sure you’ve either seen Wine Calling beforehand or arrange to see it with a bunch of online friends before 8.30pm and then click in to the Conversation. We’ll have Karina Dambergs, wine maker and other experts to talk through the pros and cons of organic and alternative wine making in today’s internationalised wine industry – and to give us some tips on choosing interesting wines.
See below for recorded conversation.
A huge Thank You to Vendetta Films for their support for the 2020 BOFA Online Film Festival. A proud New Zealand film distribution company doing their bit for film lovers, the arts and social isolation!
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