MONDOVINO

Director:
Jonathan Nossiter

Screenplay:
Documentary with winemakers and wine consultants in France, Italy, the USA, England and Argentina

Running time: 135’
Production: English / French Italian / Spanish / Portuguese, 2004
Rating: PG-13 (brief pin-up nudity)
Gauge: 35mm, DVD (color)

Distributor:
ThinkFilm




“While not all of the many arguments laid out are fully developed, the consistently fascinating material provides an uncommonly eloquent, provocative statement against globalization that’s sure to stimulate thinking audiences.”
David Rooney, Variety

For thousands of years, wine has been an important tradition in many countries. Never has so much pride – and money – been at stake as today. Never have the battle lines been so clearly drawn between the old world and the new, between peasants and millionaires, and between local, artisanal styles of wine production and multinational, mass-produced ones. The ultimate film about wine, Mondovino was filmed over a three-year period in France, Italy, the United States, Argentina and Brazil. Juxtaposing mom-and-pop wine growers with conglomerates, Jonathan Nossiter, a trained sommelier and wine writer, intertwines multiple family dramas – some of which play like soap operas. Through interviews of amateurs, winegrowers, businessmen, and critics, he uncovers the complex tapestry of conflicts, conspiracies, and alliances that stem from the production, distribution, and consumption of wine. Mondovino gives voice to those who create, critique, sell, and distribute wine, offering a surprisingly varied, and sometimes controversial glimpse into something many people enjoy but few people know much about.

 
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