The Spirit of Wine: El Camino del Vino
If a man lives by his palate and he loses it, what happens? This is the premise of El Camino del Vino, the movie that has been making the rounds of festivals from Mendoza to Berlin.
Charlie Arturaola and his wife, Pandora Anwyl, star in a parable about a man who sees the loss of his palate as synonymous with losing something within him as he went from Carlito in Uruguay to Charlie, international speaker and movie star.
Charlie goes to some of the finest vineyards in Mendoza to find the most exquisite taste, but Susana Balbo makes him pick grapes in the fields under a relentless sun, and Michel Rolland catches him in his cellar.
Charlie loses it. Things go downhill from there until he crashes his truck and winds up on a farm with county people who he teaches about wine.
Finally, after several heated and comic conversations Skyped with his wife, Charlie decides he must go home to Uruguay and connect with his family and his soul.
This story grew organically as Nicholas Carrera, the director, and Sebastian Carrera, his brother, the editor, followed Charlie and Pandora, natural actors, with the camera.
Producers have joined in to support the film and now this deeply felt wine story touches audiences around the world.