Ciné-Club : L'Âme du vin

Date: 09 Sep 2021, 7:00pm - 8:45pm (GMT+08:00) Hong Kong

AF Library, Jordan Centre
Thursday, 9th September
7 - 8:45 pm
In French with English subtitles
For all public
$50 (Free for AF members)

A documentary about wine and those who produce it every year, using traditional techniques and know-how, with a focus on environmental issues

« Un soir, l’âme du vin chantait dans les bouteilles » (Charles Baudelaire)

For our September Ciné-Club, we would like to take you to the French East-Central region of Burgundy (Bourgogne), which is world-famous for its many wines. Romanée-Conti, Meursault, or Volnay, to name but a few, are indeed the product of a long history. The home of some major Western churches and monasteries during the Middle Ages, Burgundy was once part of a powerful state, rivalling the Kingdom of France. It only became definitively a part of France throughout the 15th century.

English title: The Soul of Wine
Director: Marie-Ange Gorbanevsky
Duration: 1h40

L’Âme du vin (“The Soul of Wine”), is the first feature film of director Marie-Ange Gorbanevsky. For her documentary, she spent a year scouting for locations and people, and then another year filming several “vignerons” (winemakers), craftsmen making the barrels, as well as international wine experts, including a Japanese chef. All of the interviewed winemakers produce organic wine (vin bio), without pesticides or chemical fertilizers. They talked about their work and inherited practices, on the vineyard (every year, to transform it into wine), and in the cellar (throughout years, to transform the wine before putting it into a bottle).

The title of the movie is also a nod to a poem by Charles Baudelaire, included in his famous work Les Fleurs du Mal. Indeed, more than just a documentary, L’Âme du vin is about the poetry surrounding wine, seen as a link between humans and nature.


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