From the Vine

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directed by:


Joe Pantoliano, Wendy Crewson, Marco Leonardi, Paula Brancati, Annarita del Piano, Tony Nardi, Franco Lo Presti, Sonia Dhillon Tully, Kevin Hanchard, Frank Moore, Tony Nappo, Michele Stefanile


Willem Wennekers, from the novel “Finding Marco” by Kenneth C. Cancellara


Scott McClellan


Michelle Szemberg

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costume design:

Marissa Schwartz


Mitch Dorge





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Ready (01/07/2019)

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A middle aged businessman arrives in Rome on a flight from Canada. At customs, the border agent asks if the man is visiting Italy for business or for pleasure. But the man cannot answer. It’s neither business nor pleasure. “Just pick one, Signore,” the border agent intones...and so begins From The Vine Came The Grape, the story of Marco Gentile, an attorney and automotive company executive who travels to his childhood home after a major humiliation in business.
Marco returns to the tiny village of Acerenza in Southern Italy, where he visits his Nonno’s vineyard where he grew up and finds it in
a state of disrepair. Marco gets an idea to bring the overgrown property back to life and start producing wine again, offering the small town of Acerenza a sustainable future. He convinces various denizens of Acerenza, each with their own comedic personality, to aid him in this seemingly impractical effort, promising everyone a share in the business if it is successful.
Concerned about Marco’s sudden and lengthy trip, he’s eventually joined by his wife Marina, and his twenty-something daughter, Laura, who’s quite recently, lost her drive and her purpose. Now reunited with his family, Marco brings them in on his plan to rejuvenate the winery and starts to reconnect with a wife he has alienated and a daughter who doubts his motives. As the joys of Italy starts to work its particular magic on Marco and he begins to let go of his past humiliations, he starts to mend his relationship with Marina, and build a new one with Laura. But when Marco gets a serious offer to run another company, he abruptly packs up and heads home, leaving his daughter to run the winery... something she never planned to on as career. Laura is furious with Marco, but then learns that his choice will ultimately benefit the vineyard and bring true prosperity to Acerenza.
From The Vine Came The Grape is a story about Italy, humour, life, love, wine, and about reconnecting with your family roots when you’re at the bottom of the barrel. The film is based on the award-winning 2010 novel Finding Marco, by renowned author Ken