WineNews - "LOVE IS LIKE WINE ... IT TAKES TIME". NATURE, FAMILY, AND, OF COURSE, WINE ARE ALL IN "RETURN TO BURGUNDY", THE LATEST FILM BY FRENCH DIRECTOR CÉDRIC KLAPISCH, INSPIRED BY HIS FATHER AND THE TIME EFFECT ON WINEMAKING - The Pocket Wine Web Site in Italy
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26 Settembre 2017, ore 18:56

"LOVE IS LIKE WINE ... IT TAKES TIME". NATURE, FAMILY, AND, OF COURSE, WINE ARE ALL IN "RETURN TO BURGUNDY", THE LATEST FILM BY FRENCH DIRECTOR CÉDRIC KLAPISCH, INSPIRED BY HIS FATHER AND THE TIME EFFECT ON WINEMAKING

"Love is like wine ... it takes time". The nectar of the gods continues to fascinate the world of cinema and this time its victim is Cédric Klapisch, French director and screenwriter known for "The Spanish Apartment", who has returned home to make film about wine that he has had in mind since 2010. It is called, "Return to Burgundy", which will be released in theaters on October 19th. The story is about three siblings - Jean, Juliette and Jérémie – that get together to manage the farm their father left them. The film narrates over a year’s time, marking the rhythm of the succession of seasons, how the three young adults rediscover and reinvent their family ties, thanks to the passion for the wine that unites them.
“In 2010, I contacted some wine growers I knew”, said Klapisch talking about the idea for the film, “because I had never taken part in a grape harvest and was curious to see how they did their job. I told myself, without really knowing why, that there was something significant in this. In 2011, I returned to watch the harvest, but, unlike the previous year, the weather was gray, it had rained a lot and the clusters were much less beautiful. I could clearly see how the winemaking process was tied to the nuances of time”. The French director has always been linked to the wine world thanks to his father, who conveyed his culture and interest in Burgundy. So, wine has become an opportunity to talk about the family.
“I have always associated wine”, the director confessed, “to the idea of inheritance, like in families. What we inherit from our parents and what we pass on to our children. Burgundy seemed the obvious choice to me. The wine companies here are, in general, more family-friendly”.
"Return to Burgundy" addresses many different themes from the idea of time, to the bond with the family, the relationship with nature that today is narrowing the gap between the rural and urban world, cultural heritage passed on from parents to children.
It is a concentration of complex concepts, “just like wine, because otherwise”, the director said, “What's in a glass of wine? The terroir; that is, the combination of a particular climate, sun, rain, soil geology. Each element gives a scent, a taste, and a particular density to wine. I think the element of human intervention is also fundamental: the choice of the type of viticulture, the methods of cultivation. I find it fascinating that there are hundreds of different owners in Mersault and hundreds of different methods of interpreting this territory. When a wine-maker signs a bottle of wine, it's like a filmmaker who signs a movie”.

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