A Statement from Vino Veritas’ Director Sarah Knight
If there is a great, underserved audience for film these days, it is, quite simply, adults. While studios and independent filmmakers salaam in perpetual homage to the 14-24 demographic, there are quite literally millions of potential moviegoers scanning the offerings of theaters and other movie outlets in vain for that rarest of things—a movie with substance. A movie that makes you think. A movie that provides conversational fodder not only for that evening, but for breakfast the next morning. Vino Veritas is that kind of movie.
Watching this film, audiences who have moved beyond boy bands and acne medication will feel that they are seeing their own lives unfold onscreen, only in a manner they have never seen before. No punches are pulled and no taboos remain untouched as the film uncovers and holds up to the light the precious personal secrets and cultural delusions that we cling to so doggedly in the hope that we can pass for a well-adjusted spouse, parent, and citizen.
This film is a kind of communion for people with partners who still baffle them, whose children aren’t quite turning out the way they imagined, and who have begun to realize that their most basic reptilian instincts aren’t that far below the surface. No helicopters explode in Vino Veritas and no zombies appear. It’s far more real, far more primal than that, and it’s a film that will resonate with adults in a way that few movies do thanks to the simple fact that they will be able to identify with the characters and the lives of quiet desperation that the characters are leading. Having screened a rough cut of the film for a few people (both acquaintances and strangers), I can vouch for the fact that it inspires long e-mails and a general reaction of, “So-and-so has to see this movie!”
I wanted to direct a film that would touch, move and amuse people in ways that are lost among cinematic orgies of superheroes and CGI effects. This is a human film, about humans and for humans. It reveals not only the characters and their world, but ideally, reveals the audience to itself. The Latin expression “in vino veritas” simply translates to “there is truth in wine.” There is truth in this film. It is real and, I sincerely hope, worth watching.
Sarah Knight – Director