The Wintner's Luck


directed by Niki Caro

France - New Zealand / 2009 / 121 min / 35 mm / colour / Romantic comedy

Script : Niki Caro, Joan Scheckel adapted from an Elizabeth Knox's novel
Cinematography : Denis Lenoir
Editing : David Coulson
Music: Antonio Pinto
Production : Laurie Parker, Niki Caro, Robin Laing, Ludi Boeken, Pascal Judelewicz

Cast : Jérémie Régnier, Gaspar Ulliel, Vera Farmiga, Keisha Castle-Hughes

Sex, lust, wine and angels are mere facets of this lush and sensuous period drama. Set in early 19th century France at the height of the Napoleonic Wars, it is the compelling tale of Sobran Jodeau, an ambitious young peasant winemaker and the three loves of his life – his beautiful and passionate wife Celeste, the proudly intellectual baroness Aurora de Valday, and Xas, a fallen angel who strikes up an unlikely but enduring friendship. Under his guidance, Sobran is forced to fathom the nature of love and belief and in the process grapples with the sensual, the sacred and the profane – in pursuit of the perfect vintage.