André - The Voice of Wine takes us on a cinematic journey from Russia through Europe to America as we embrace the story of André Tchelistcheff, who devoted his life to the ancient craft of winemaking. André was a Russian aristocrat who spent his early years working and studying all around Europe before going to Napa Valley, California, where his life was filled with both tragedy and success as he helped to move the Californian wine industry from a virtually moribund state after the repeal of Prohibition. He had a direct impact on the 1976 Paris blind tasting, known as the ‘Judgement of Paris’, staged by Steven Spurrier which turned the world of wine upside down. André was not a businessman, but an artist and scientist whose heart and soul were devoted to wine. His philosophy about life and his love for wine continues to influence generations of wine makers throughout the world. The film will be told through André's own voice and the voices of those who knew him best featuring some of the most important wine makers today including Christian Mouiex, Michel Lafarge, Marchese Ludovico Antinori, Count Gelasio Gaetani d’Aragona, Greg Lafollette and Francis Ford Coppola among others.
USA / Germany 2016
English, Russian, French, Italian
Documentary form98 min · Colour
Ralph Fiennes (Narrator)André TchelistcheffSteven SpurrierFrancis Ford Coppola
Mark Tchelistcheff is a director, cinematographer and producer of films, documentaries and commercials. In 2005 he produced the feature film Conversations with Other Women starring Helena Bonham Carter. He has directed numerous commercials and documentaries for international television such as the Tokyo Broadcasting Systems’ television series ‘Song To Soul’ covering iconic music legends like Roberta Flack, Ray Charles, The Doobie Brothers and The Band. His work has screened on television globally and his films have featured in festivals from Tokyo to Telluride. André - The Voice of Wine is Mark's feature directorial debut.
Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2017