This Friday July 2, the actors of the film “Champagne” by Nicolas Vanier were shooting on the village square in Villers Allerand.
Never before has the small wine-growing village of Villers-Allerand, located about ten kilometers from Reims, surrounded by vineyards, known such effervescence. Eric Elmosino, Elsa Zylbertsein, François Xavier Demaison, among others … The cast of director Nicolas Vanier’s film was complete on the village square this Friday, July 2. They finish shooting the film “Champagne”.
Started at the beginning of June, in a wine estate, the shooting of this feature film was completely immersed in the vineyard. The director, author of the films Belle et Sébastien, or even Polly more recently, fell in love with this region of the Marne. He chose to tell the story of a winemaker, Elsa Zylberstein, and her band of friends. While sublimating the mountain of Reims.
This winegrower, in fact, receives her friends in Champagne for the weekend. Of course, the meeting will not go exactly as planned. This is where the Villa des Trois Clochers comes into play, since this house will serve as the backdrop for this closed-door session in which Sylvie Testud, Valérie Karsenti, François-Xavier Demaison and even Stéphane de Groodt participate.
Nicolas Vanier had confided his attachment to the territory a few months ago. “Champagne attracts the whole world. And the region is very cinematographic: during the period when we are going to shoot, in the spring, there will be colors, flowers in places. There are places with marriages of reliefs, forests, vines. They meander along the reliefs. I started to imagine some points of view, shots, it’s exciting and I can’t wait to put my cameras there “.
The story of a passion
For him, attachment to this region is growing gradually. “There is passion in Champagne-Ardenne: I was able to see these winegrowers who are in total passion, with their vineyards. I have met some of them, including those who cultivate in the same way. more respectful of the environment. I started to forge friendships with winegrowers here and there. They are often stories from father to son. Here we are very close to what I love to film “.
Grandson of a farmer, the director does not hide that he found human qualities in Champagne. He explained himself on this point to the magazine Terre de Vins. “There are areas with relief, lots of contrasts, chalk, forest, vines… It’s not Beauce! It’s varied, it makes for beautiful perspectives, beautiful lines. The whole is very graphic, especially in the spring, the scheduled date of the shooting, where there are all these very tender greens, these slightly grazing lights which are magnificent. Afterwards, what surprised me is that we imagine champagne as a luxury product with a certain automation and in reality we meet people with their secateurs who are advancing step by step in the vines. The relationship remains very carnal, authentic, anchored in tradition, and I also have the impression that we are coming back to it more and more. We met a winegrower who works with horses, many return to a system where we let the grass grow between the vines“.
For a month, the inhabitants of the Marne village were able to discover the world of cinema and its backstage day after day. The date of the theatrical release of the feature film has not yet been specified, but it will be showing in 2022. There is no doubt that the mainstream film should attract more and more tourists to this wine country. At the end of the afternoon, the director thanked the inhabitants of the village and he even promised them to come and make a projection on the place of Villers-Allerand.
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