This film explores a thesis: that the deep colored, oak-aged taste of Bordeaux wines has become the world standard, following the writing of critic Robert Parker, the magazine “Wine Spectator,” the consulting work of Michel Rolland of Pomerol, and the money of Mondavi, a publicly-traded corporation based in Napa with a family history of wine making. Wine makers worldwide, many using Rolland as a consultant, pursue this structure, color, and taste – to the detriment, argue some, of wine that should reflect the character of the land where the grape is grown, including the lighter Burgundy. A few old wine makers, from Anaine, Sardinia, and Argentina offer this argument. –IMDb
Jonathan Nossiter has directed five feature films. The most recent is, “Rio Sex Comedy” (2010) starring Charlotte Rampling, Bill Pullman, Irène Jacob and Fisher Stevens.
“Mondovino”, a human comedy set in the wine world, was nominated for the Palme D’Or in Cannes in 2004 (one of only three documentaries ever nominated in the history of the festival) and was released in over 40 countries. A 10 part series derived from the feature, which he also directed and produced, had its world premiere at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2006. “Mondovino; the Series” was released on DVD by Diaphana in France in 2006 and has come out in numerous countries including in the US via Kimstin Video in 2009.
He co-wrote (with James Lasdun) and directed “Signs & Wonders” (2000), a psychological thriller set in Greece, produced by MK2 and Nick Wechsler, with Charlotte Rampling and Stellan Skarsgard. It was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 2000 Berlin Film festival.
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