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a film by Stéphan Balay

Vitis
prohibita

resistant grapes coming out of the shadows

video is coming :-)

présentation
The film was shot in France, Italy, Austria, Romania and the United States.

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«This is a movie that starts from a very small corner of the Cevennes in France and takes us to the United States to learn with precision, detail and intelligence, what is a resistant grape and a hybrid or multi-species vine, but also what is an act of resistance, an act of responsibility, an act of freedom, an act of love for wine. Here is a film that made us laugh and moved us, and which, while telling us about the past and the present, is talking mostly about the future.»

 

Jury of the International Grape and Wine Festival Oenovideo

AN UNPRECEDENTED DOCUMENTARY

FEATURE FILM ABOUT THE FORBIDDEN WINES

AND RESISTANT GRAPE VARIETIES

 

This is the incredible true story of “innocent” grape varieties that were deemed outlaws by the French government. Their grapes were falsely accused of being toxic when made into wine. Selling their wine was prohibited.


Their crime? They were grapes of resistance. Resistance to pests and diseases that, for more “noble” grapes, must be controlled with chemical sprays.


In spite of laws specifically banning these grapes from European soils and attempts to demean their wines, rebellious farmers have defended their value and defied their prohibition.


Resistant grape varieties may yet have the last word.


This film takes you inside stunning rural landscapes in France, Italy, Austria, Romania and the United States where the resistant vines are living history and their unique wines have a passionate following.

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contents :

FILM: French 91 min

BONUS : 25 mins

• trailer
• the value of the Clinton
• AOC versus hybrids
• the importance of soils
• resistant grape varieties in Beaujolais
• Uhudler, a political affair
• the right method
• memories

MENU & SUBTITLES : French

​LIVRET : French

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS :

PAL

all areas

Only for private use. The following are prohibited: partial or total copying, rental, loan, use for public performance, digital transmission, broadcasting.

DVD

FRENCH EDITION

15 €

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content :

FILM: French audio 91 min

BONUSonline


MENU & SUBTITLES : English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian


Booklet : English

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS :

PAL

all areas

Intended for private use only. The following are prohibited: partial or total copying, rental, loan, use for public performance, digital transmission, broadcasting.

DVD

INTERNATIONAL EDITION

7 LANGUAGES

15 €

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Please contact us if you would like to organize a public screening or for use in an institutional or professional context (in-house screening, DVD loan...).

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In the press

Midi Libre

"full of teachings"

Marie-Eve Lacasse - Le Figaro

"Erudite, imagined as a journey through Europe and America, it will captivate even the most knowledgeable."

Philippe Douteau - Paysan du Midi

"The film could not be more topical"

Alain Chene - pourlecinema.com

"The director Stephan Balay intoxicates us with this little happiness served in resistance"

Jacques Dupont - Le Point
"Not to be missed for wine lovers"

"An interesting, precious and rare light on a history of European vineyards"

Véronique Sachetti - La dépêche

"His film articulated around authentic and sincere encounters, the rustic accents of the Cévennes and the landscapes are in perfect harmony with these resistant grape varieties."

Pascale Cassagnes - En Magnum

"Stéphan Balay walks his camera with an angle of view that questions the future of these hybrids and the role they could play in a viticulture without pesticides. A claim summarized in the last words of the documentary:" The time has come to release resistant grape varieties and the diversity of flavors. ”To be seen without moderation.”

Telerama

"From the United States to Romania, via Italy and France, researchers, botanists and winegrowers tell the fascinating story of prohibited grape varieties which could well, in these times of climatic upheavals, come back to favor"

The movie is supported by

the association Fruits Oubliés Réseau

and  IGP Vins des Cévennes

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