From the Vine

Saturday, March 14

6:30 pm // Screening Room

sold out

Sunday, March 15

3:30 pm // Screening Room

sold out

Director: Sean Cisterna

Featuring: Joe Pantoliano, Wendy Crewson, Marco Leonardi

Language: English; Italian subtitled in English

Runtime: 96 minutes

Rating: PG

update march 9

Unfortunately, Wendy Crewson is no longer able to attend the Festival this year.  We hope to welcome her back to Kingston another time soon.


Terrific performances and gorgeous scenery are two very big reasons to enjoy this engaging adaptation of a novel by Italian-Canadian writer Kenneth Canio Cancellara. Perhaps best known for his Emmy-award winning role in The Sopranos, Joe Pantoliano stars as a business executive who impulsively leaves his job in Canada to return to the small town in Italy and have a go at reviving his grandfather’s vineyard. There’s no shortage of people telling him that he’s just a dreamer but even his initially skeptical wife (played by the great Wendy Crewson) is enchanted by this place and the people there. Audiences for director Sean Cisterna’s ebullient comedy are just as likely to fall under the spell.

Filmmaker Bio

Sean Cisterna is a multi award-winning Canadian filmmaker who recently produced and directed From the Vine (2019), an international coproduction set around the world of Italian wine, starring Emmy winner Joe Pantoliano. Cisterna produced and directed the critically acclaimed teen cancer drama Kiss and Cry (2017), which topped the English-Canadian box office upon its release, and is currently streaming on Netflix to emotional worldwide audiences. His 2015 project Full Out, starring the iconic Jennifer Beals, is a feature based on the true story of gymnast Ariana Berlin, also on Netflix, as well as NBC and Lifetime in the U.S., and Disney Europe. In 2017, Cisterna was awarded a Canada 150 Citizenship Award for Thought Leadership by the Federal Government for his dedication to and community engagement in the arts.


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