“Chateau Sauvignon: terroir”
by Josh Holland
I had the pleasure of watching a short film the other day titled ‘Chateau Sauvignon: terroir’. When I go into watching a horror short these days I’m not expecting a lot. Digital cameras and available software are everywhere which means almost anyone can shoot and edit a film together. I consider myself lucky if I see a story that has potential or a great acting performance. Rarely do I walk away thinking ‘Man I hope this gets made into a full length feature’.
This was something entirely different. I was immediately struck by the images. The shots and the production design. Apparent from the first frame. The lead character of Nicholas (Michael Lorz) was cast perfectly as an awkward and emotionally beaten kid searching for a way to please his father. The film causes you to question the motivations and leaves you asking ‘What the hell is going on’ from the very start. The director, David E. Munz-Maire, get’s into our heads right away.
“Chateau Sauvignon: terroir” follows the isolated adolescent son of a storied vintner family who finds himself torn between obeying his father’s callous restrictions and preventing his ailing mother from deteriorating further. When a doting woman and her indifferent son arrive seeking a tasting and tour of the winery, Nicolas sees an opportunity to help care for his mother, as well as prove his worth to his choleric father. However, his wayward plan quickly takes a turn for the worse, and his missteps puts his
family’s secretive murderous ways in peril of being unearthed.
There was a lot of talent behind the camera on this film. David E. Munz-Maire has got skill and if the few short films he has made are any indication of his future, It’s very bright. The casting by Adrienne Stern was spot on. Special EFX by Anthony Pepe were as good as they get. Production value beyond expectations. It looks like the location alone could have cost $$$$$.
Take a look at the trailer
This film has film has been making the rounds at festivals and at the moment is the only way to see it. So keep your eye out for the next film fest near you and go see this film. Hopefully down the road it will be made available on line. Until then follow their website for updates. www.
I look forward to seeing what comes next from this talented director and really enjoyed this film. #SupportHorror