THINKFilm to Uncork Jonathan Nossiter's "Mondovino"
by Wendy Mitchell
THINKFilm has acquired the North American rights to "Mondovino," Jonathan Nossiter's non-fiction film about wine's rich cultural history. The film debuted at Cannes 2004, it was originally slated to play as an official selection but was then bumped up and shown in competition. The 166-minute film that played in Cannes will be re-edited and readied for the fall festival circuit and a first quarter 2005 theatrical release, THINKFilm said. The revised version will be 20-30 minutes shorter, a THINKFilm spokeswoman told indieWIRE.
Nossiter filmed footage for the film across three continents, in five languages, over a three-year period. In addition to previously directing the narrative films "Signs & Wonders" and the Sundance grand jury prize winner "Sunday," Nossiter is also a sommelier, wine consultant, and wine writer. "As its title makes clear, 'Mondovino' gives us a privileged look at the world of wine, and Jonathan is not only uniquely qualified to take us there, he has a fabulous time doing so," said THINKFilm theatrical division head Mark Urman in a prepared statement. "He has made a film brimming with life, information, intrigue, eccentricity, and just enough gossip to satisfy fans of both art and soap opera."
Nossiter is also finishing a 10-part wine miniseries from his 500 hours of material; THINKFilm plans to release both on DVD around the 2005 Christmas season. There is no word yet on broadcast plans for the miniseries.
Urman and ThinkFilm's Randy Manis, senior VP of acquisitions and business affairs, and Daniel Katz, director of acquisitions, negotiated the deal with Micah Green of Cinetic Media.
ThinkFilm's previous Cannes 2004 acquisition was Nimrod Antal's Un Certain Regard entry, "Kontroll," a Hungarian thriller. The distributor's other current and forthcoming docs are "The Agronomist," "The Story of the Weeping Camel," and "Festival Express."