Andre: The Voice of Wine



Sequoia 2 Mon, Oct 9, 2017 6:45 PM
Rafael 1 Fri, Oct 13, 2017 1:00 PM
Lark Theatre Sat, Oct 14, 2017 6:15 PM
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Running Time:98 min.
Premiere Status:North American
Director:Mark Tchelistcheff
Producer:Mark Tchelistcheff
Andrey Spirin
Screenwriter:Micheal Chandler
Mark Tchelistcheff
Cinematographer:Wedigo von Schultzendorff
Mark Tchelistcheff
Editor:Marat Magambetov
Mark Tchlistcheff
Print Source:Open Films
Note Writer:Deanna Quinones


California wine drinkers, raise a glass to Andre Tchelistcheff! A Russian émigré who came to be known as the dean of American wine, Andre would leave a legacy deeply entwined with the California wine industry and its rise to international legitimacy. Director Mark Tchelistcheff, Andre’s grandnephew, crafts a cinematic portrait, narrated by Ralph Fiennes, that is very much like the man himself: at once dramatic, poetic, humorous, and inspiring. The child of an aristocratic family who narrowly escaped Russia’s revolution and civil war, Andre lived a life of singular purpose. Equal parts scientist and artist, the winemaker revolutionized the US wine industry through his work in helping Napa’s Beaulieu Vineyard move into the post-Prohibition marketplace. Andre’s epic journey through the upheavals of the early 20th century and into a career that influenced the world’s most important winemakers is explored here in personal interviews that reveal a philosophy about winemaking that is, at its core, an essential doctrine on how to live life with passion.

In association with EatDrinkFilms.

Additional Information

Mark Tchelistcheff is a director, cinematographer, and producer focused on films, documentaries, commercials, and television content. In 2005, he produced the feature film Conversations with Other Women, for which Helena Bonham Carter won both the Best Actress award at the Tokyo International Film Festival and the Evening Standard British Film Best Actress Award. He has directed numerous commercials and documentaries for international television such as Tokyo Broadcasting Systems’ television series Song to Soul, covering such iconic music legends as Roberta Flack, Ray Charles, The Doobie Brothers, and The Band. Mark’s work has been seen on television globally and his films have been in festivals from Tokyo to Telluride.