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Natural Resistance

  • Documentary and factual
  • 2014
  • Jonathan Nossiter
  • 82 mins
  • 12


Ten years after the landmark wine documentary Mondovino, filmmaker Jonathan Nossiter returns to the subject, documenting the drastic shifts that have affected the industry in the time since. This time, the threat is no longer globalization, but an individual society. Natural Resistance follows four Italian winegrowers who live the life we all dream of: Giovanna Tiezzi lives in a converted 11th century monastery, and grow grains, fruit, and wine in a way that links to their ancient heritage. Corrado Dottori is a refugee from industrial Milan, who inherited his grandfather's farmstead and tends to it as an expression of agricultural social justice. Elena Pantaleoni works her father's vineyards and strives to create a utopian reality. Finally Stefano Belloti, the controversial radical farmer poet, disrupts the long established rules of farming from his avant-garde property in the Piedmont. Each of these farmers have encountered a fierce resistance as they struggle to make their dreams of a natural, sustainable, and ecologically just winemaking industry a reality. But these natural winemakers stand up against the "New World Economic Order" to offer a model of charmed and joyous resistance, hoping to stir the hidden rebel in all of us.

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Having castigated the French wine industry for marginalising mavericks in Mondovino (2004), film-maker and sommelier Jonathan Nossiter turns his focus to Italy in this charming if scattershot survey. Travelling around the country, Nossiter seeks the opinions of, among others, Corrado Dottori and Valerio Bochi, who inherited their grandfather's vineyard in the Marches; Giovanna Tiezzi and Stefano Borsa, whose Tuscany operation is based in a converted 11th-century monastery; and Piedmont farmer-poet Stefano Bellotti, who rages against McDonaldisation and soil vandalism. But, while these rebels against EU and regional directives fight standardisation and commercialism, Nossiter allows himself to be distracted by Gian Luca Farinelli, the director of the Bologna Cineteca, who sees connections between viniculture and film preservation. Nossiter singularly fails to integrate clips from familiar features like Chaplin's The Gold Rush, Rossellini's Rome, Open City and Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder. But, just as oenophiles will enjoy the bucolic atmosphere, cineastes will relish rarities like Mario Soldati's Chi legge?Un viaggio lungo il Tirreno, a 1960 insight into rural illiteracy scored by Nino Rota (The Godfather).

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DirectorJonathan Nossiter


Theatrical distributor
Soda Pictures
Released on
English | Italian
Brief nudity.
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