Berlinale: Programme

Film File

Culinary Cinema

Our Blood is Wine

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Filmmaker Emily Railsback and sommelier Jeremy Quinn provide intimate access to rural family life in the Republic of Georgia as they explore the rebirth of 8,000 year old winemaking traditions almost lost during the period of Soviet rule. By using unobtrusive iPhone technology, Railsback brings the voices and ancestral legacies of modern Georgians directly to the viewer, revealing an intricate and resilient society that has survived regular foreign invasion and repeated attempts to erase Georgian culture. The revival of traditional winemaking is the central force driving this powerful, independent and autonomous nation to find its 21st century identity.

Emily Railsback

USA 2017

English, Georgian

Documentary form
78’ · Colour

World premiere


Jeremy Quinn
Ramaz Nikoladze
Giorgi Natenadze
Mariam Iosebidze
Luarsab Togonidze


Emily Railsback
Emily Railsback
Anna Lindholm Noa
Gabriel Dib
Sound Design
Steve Emling
Executive Producers
William Schopf, Edward Arentz
Bruce Sheridan


Emily Railsback

An independent filmmaker, screenwriter, designer and photographer based in Chicago, USA. After studying film at Columbia College Chicago, she made short films and music videos but also focused on the visual arts and humanitarian work. Her short films, which have screened at various festivals, include The First Fall, Fort, Atoms, At Papa’s, A Fool, The 6th Stage of Sugar and WarBaby, for which she was awarded an Albert P. Weisman grant. She is currently working on Ad Astra, a film set in her hometown following the election of Donald Trump.


2012 The First Fall 2013 Atoms · The 6th Stage of Sugar · The Fool · Fort 2014 The Vain Illusionist · WarBaby · At Papa’s 2017 Our Blood is Wine

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018

Produced by

Morgan Station Films

Burnt Sugar Productions

World sales

Music Box Films