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Culinary Cinema

André - The Voice of Wine

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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.

Mark Tchelistcheff

USA / Germany 2016

English, Russian, French, Italian

Documentary form
98 min · Colour


Ralph Fiennes (Narrator)
André Tchelistcheff
Steven Spurrier
Francis Ford Coppola


Mark Tchelistcheff
Mark Tchelistcheff, Michael Chandler
Director of Photography
Mark Tchelistcheff, Wediogo von Schultzendorff
Marat Magambetov, Mark Tchelistcheff, Michael Chandler
Alexei Aigui
Sound Design
Matthias Schwab, Jochen Jezussek
Matthias Schwab, Jochen Jezussek
Production Manager
Jocelyn Fabello
Mark Tchelistcheff, Andrey Spirin
Executive Producers
Albert & Sue Chandler, Eugene Shchemelev, Victor & Marina Tchelistcheff, Miljenko Grgich, Violet Grgich, Austin Hills
Alexander Thies, Clemens Schaeffer, Lelya Nedorosleva, Konstantine Tuvykin, Nikolai Vavilov
Associate Producer
Tom Eskildsen, Evan B. Azrilliant
NFP neue film produktion, Berlin


Mark Tchelistcheff

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.

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