Filming has wrapped on director Sean Cisterna’s latest feature, From The Vine Came The Grape.
Produced by Cisterna’s Toronto-based Mythic Productions banner, Kyle Bornais’ Winnipeg-based Farpoint Films and Francesco Papa’s Italy-based Pointmedia Italia SRL, the Canada/Italy copro is the follow up to Cisterna’s 2016 feature Kiss and Cry.
Based on Kenneth Canio Cancellara’s novel Finding Marco (2012), From The Vine follows a corporate exec who retreats to his family’s hometown in southern Italy where he discovers a vineyard on its last legs. The author also serves as an exec producer, while Degrassi alum Paula Brancati is a producer on the project.
Willem Wennekers, who previously wrote Cisterna’s Kiss and Cry, penned the screenplay for From The Vine Came The Grape. Based on a true story, Kiss and Cry follows teen figure skater Carley Allison, who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. The film screened at Cinefest Sudbury, the Whistler Film Festival and later made its Canadian broadcast debut on The Family Channel.
From The Vine Came The Grape stars Wendy Crewson, Joe Pantoliano, Marco Leonardi, Tony Nardi, Tony Nappo, Franco Lo Presti and Kevin Hanchard. The project, shot in Toronto and Italy, was funded through private investment, the Lucana Film Commission, Basilicata region and tax credits.