Filming has started on director Niki Caro's new movie project, the film adaptation of The Vintner's Luck by New Zealand author Elizabeth Knox. It will star Oscar-nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes, who came to worldwide attention in Caro's Whale Rider. Niki Caro's last film was the drama North County. The Vintner's Luck is about a peasant wine maker who endeavours to make the perfect vintage and is set in 19th Century France who is visited by the angel, Xas.
Hughes will play Xas, who falls in love (and lust) with Earthly delights and particularly with Sobran (Jeremie Renier). In addition to her main stars, Caro has also recruited Gaspard Ulliel (Young Hannibal) and Vera Farmiga (The Departed).
Filming began at an Auckland vineyard and the cast and crew will then relocate in March to the Burgundy region of France and on to Belgium.
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