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A middle aged businessman arrives in Rome on a flight from Canada. At customs, the border agent asks if the man is visiting Italy for business or for pleasure. But the man cannot answer. It’s neither business nor pleasure. “Just pick one, Signore,” the border agent intones…and so begins From The Vine, the story of Mark Gentile, an attorney and automotive company executive who travels to his childhood home after a major humiliation in business.
Mark returns to the tiny village of Acerenza in Southern Italy, where he visits the vineyard where he grew up and finds it in a state of disrepair. Mark gets an idea to bring the overgrown property back to life and start producing wine again. Mark convinces various denizens of Acerenza, each with their own comedic personality, to aid him in this seemingly impractical effort, promising everyone a share in the business if it is successful.
From The Vine is a story about Italy, humour, life, love, wine, and how one man finds himself again in a world that had counted him out. From The Vine is based on the award-winning 2010 novel Finding Marco, by renowned author Ken Cancellara. The book was published in Canada and Italy, and it received several awards.
Thursday 17th June
Marco Leonardi, Joe Pantoliano, Wendy Crewson, Paula Brancati
Pentridge Cinema, Palace Balwyn, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Dendy Brighton, The Kino, Palace Norton Street, Palace Central, The Chauvel Cinema, Palace Byron Bay, Palace James St, Palace Barracks, Palace Electric Cinema, Palace Raine Square