NATURAL RESISTANCE

by Jonathan Nossiter

France, 2014, 85 min, colour

Four Italian winegrowers live a life we all dream of: Giovanna Tiezzi and Stefano Borsa in their converted 11th century monastery and winery in Tuscany find a way to grow grains, fruits and wine that creates a link to their ancient Etruscan heritage ; Corrado Dottori and Valerio Bochi, refugees from industrial Milan in their grandfather’s farmstead in the magical Marches labour for a rural expression of social justice; exlibrarian Elena Pantaleoni working her father’s vineyards in Emilia, strives to make her estate a utopian reality; and then Stefano Bellotti, the Pasolini of Italian agriculture, a radical farmer poet, disrupts everyone's rules from his avant garde farm in the Piedmont. 

With the help of their delightfully eccentric film curator friend Gian Luca Farinelli, these very contemporary peasants use the power of fiction films to combat the institutional lies that make any act of freedom today an act of dangerous dissent.

 “Natural Resistance” mixes documentary and fiction in the hope of stirring the hidden rebel inside all of us.

Reviews

"Passionate and thoughtful ( ... ) intelligently watchable"
Mark Adams, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

"Very simpatico ( ... ) a timely topic shot around picnic tables with friends and tramping through vineyards from Tuscany to Piedmont, as thought-provoking as it is informal"
Deborah Young, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

"A rich bouquet of views, aperçus and aphorisms: a Nossiter nose, or nosing, which will amuse you with its variety and impertinence"
Nigel Andrews, THE FINANCIAL TIMES

"Endearing ( ... )  makes a crucial point about society’s need to take responsibility for what it consumes, rather than leaving everything to industrialists and civil servants. Oh, and you’'ll be gasping for a glass of white afterwards"
Trevor Johnston, TIME OUT
 

Jonathan Nossiter

Prize winning film director Jonathan Nossiter has directed six feature films. The most recent NATURAL RESISTANCE was first shown at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival in two different sections (Panorama and Culinary Cinema). A meditation on rebellion in agriculture and culture, it was first relased theatrically in Italy and in France and distribution will follow in 2015 in the UK, US and eslewhere.  

MONDOVINO, a human comedy set in the wine world, was nominated for the Palme D’'Or in Cannes in 2004 (one of only three documentaries ever nominated in the history of the festival) and was released in over 40 countries. A 10 part series derived from the feature, which he also directed and produced, had its world premiere at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2006. 

Festivals

Berlinale 2014 - Panorama and Culinary Cinema 

Toronto 

CPH: DOX 

London 

Year: 
2014
Duration: 
85 min

Jonathan Nossiter

Prize winning film director Jonathan Nossiter has directed six feature films. The most recent NATURAL RESISTANCE was first shown at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival in two different sections (Panorama and Culinary Cinema). A meditation on rebellion in agriculture and culture, it was first relased theatrically in Italy and in France and distribution will follow in 2015 in the UK, US and eslewhere.  

MONDOVINO, a human comedy set in the wine world, was nominated for the Palme D’'Or in Cannes in 2004 (one of only three documentaries ever nominated in the history of the festival) and was released in over 40 countries. A 10 part series derived from the feature, which he also directed and produced, had its world premiere at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2006. 

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Country: 
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Reviews: 

"Passionate and thoughtful ( ... ) intelligently watchable"
Mark Adams, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

"Very simpatico ( ... ) a timely topic shot around picnic tables with friends and tramping through vineyards from Tuscany to Piedmont, as thought-provoking as it is informal"
Deborah Young, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

"A rich bouquet of views, aperçus and aphorisms: a Nossiter nose, or nosing, which will amuse you with its variety and impertinence"
Nigel Andrews, THE FINANCIAL TIMES

"Endearing ( ... )  makes a crucial point about society’s need to take responsibility for what it consumes, rather than leaving everything to industrialists and civil servants. Oh, and you’'ll be gasping for a glass of white afterwards"
Trevor Johnston, TIME OUT
 

Synopsis: 

Four Italian winegrowers live a life we all dream of: Giovanna Tiezzi and Stefano Borsa in their converted 11th century monastery and winery in Tuscany find a way to grow grains, fruits and wine that creates a link to their ancient Etruscan heritage ; Corrado Dottori and Valerio Bochi, refugees from industrial Milan in their grandfather’s farmstead in the magical Marches labour for a rural expression of social justice; exlibrarian Elena Pantaleoni working her father’s vineyards in Emilia, strives to make her estate a utopian reality; and then Stefano Bellotti, the Pasolini of Italian agriculture, a radical farmer poet, disrupts everyone's rules from his avant garde farm in the Piedmont. 

With the help of their delightfully eccentric film curator friend Gian Luca Farinelli, these very contemporary peasants use the power of fiction films to combat the institutional lies that make any act of freedom today an act of dangerous dissent.

 “Natural Resistance” mixes documentary and fiction in the hope of stirring the hidden rebel inside all of us.

Festivals: 

Berlinale 2014 - Panorama and Culinary Cinema Toronto CPH: DOX London 

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