Official selection for the 21th edition of Oenovideo International Grape & Wine Film Festival 2014.
This documentary started as a personal initiative. In my circles I hear many people stating that champagne is overrated. As I also have friends who manufacture champagne I knew how difficult a product champagne is. So by making this documentary I try to take away some of the bias towards the product and its manufacturers.
In total I spend five days filming, mostly during the harvest, with the aid of two of my friends. All on a voluntary basis, resulting in a very low budget documentary. Nonetheless we tried to make it as professional as possible.
I worked for several months on the montage.
For one champagne is synonymous of prestige for the other it’s a mere sign of snobbism. But rarely does the general public fully understand the true story behind the beverage. Not the story about the famous champagne houses and its accompanied glamor and glitter, but the story about the region and its many small manufacturers of champagne. The story about the rules and regulations involved in the making process and the meaning of the appellation d’origine contrôlée.
The documentary Champagne !(?) tells this story. It addresses all the demands, fragilities and challenges involved - on a local, regional and European level - now and
for the future thanks to some interesting inside information. The imagery is poetic and dynamic, just as the region itself. Hopefully, after watching Champagne !(?), consumers will recognize and appreciate the nobility and the soul of the region the next time they pour a glass of champagne.