Francis Ford Coppola at his new winery, Rosso & Bianco
This is a productive year for local filmmaker and vintner, Francis Ford Coppola, making full use of all his talents: this Summer, a new winery, and in the Fall a new film.
He unveiled his new winery in Geyserville, called Rosso & Bianco (it was formerly Chateau Souverain) earlier this month in a typically boisterous Coppola manner — through an hour-long vaudeville-like multimedia presentation before approximately 60 guests. During the show he gave an overview of his rich career, which has roots in his Italian heritage (his relatives were pioneers in early cinema technologies and were winemakers during Prohibition.)
The winery has a French-style chateau that was built in 1976 and is due for some upgrading. Coppola plans on adding a new welcome center, two public swimming pools surrounded by cabanas, an outdoor restaurant, four bocce courts, a small amphitheater and a dance floor.
When renovations have been completed, he will relocate all of his movie memorabilia to the new winery. His five Oscar statues are already on display there… which brings us to the next item on Coppola’s agenda.
Coppola on the set of “Youth Without Youth” last year.
The last movie that Coppola directed was “The Rainmaker,” which came out in 1997, so it’s a rather big deal indeed that he has a new one coming out in October. Based on a novel by Romanian author Mircea Eliade, “Youth Without Youth” will screen during Italy’s second annual RomaCinemaFest.
Tim Roth stars as a 70-year old professor who, struck by lighting, apparently becomes younger and immortal. He becomes a fugitive, pursued by Nazis through Romania, Switzerland, Malta and India. Coppola, who wrote the screenplay, says “I was excited to discover in this tale by Eliade, the key themes that I most hope to understand better: Time, consciousness and the dream-like basis of reality.”
He says that “This film represents a new period in my career, where I intend to make only personal films.”
Walter Murch, who edited the film, recently told the Chronicle’s Ruthe Stein that it’s similar to his earliest work, like “The Rain People” (1969) than Coppola’s work of the ’80s and ’90s. “I think people will be very surprised when they see it,” said Murch.
So while “Youth Without Youth” isn’t expected to be a hit among the kiddie masses, it should be just the thing to enliven the Academy Awards next year. I bet they’ve already made room at Rosso & Bianco for that sixth Oscar.
- Official Site: “Youth Without Youth” [ywyfilm.com]