'Luck' is right vintage for Caro to helm


CANNES -- Niki Caro is set to direct a screen adaptation of "The Vintner's Luck," an adaptation of Elizabeth Knox's novel of the same name, which Caro has co-scripted with Joan Scheckel.

The film revolves around a peasant winemaker in 19th century France as he grapples with the sensual, sacred and profane while searching for the perfect vintage. The cast includes Jeremie Renier, Gaspard Ullie, Vera Farmiga, Maria Ruiz and Keisha Castle-Hughes, who starred in Caro's "Whale Rider."

Principal photography is scheduled for February in Auckland, New Zealand before moving in March to the Burgundy region of France and then Belgium. The New Zealand-French co-production is being financed by the New Zealand Film Production Fund, the New Zealand Film Commission, the Motion Investment Group of Belgium (Adrian Politkowski), Tokyo-based OLC Rights Entertainment (Masaharu Inaba) and Kortex Cinema of France.

"The Vintner's Luck" is an Ascension Films-Kortex co-production. Producers are Laurie Parker, Robin Laing, Caro, Pascal Judelewicz, Ludi Boeken and Jean-Francois Klein. International sales are being handled by Kathleen Drumm of NZ Film, the sales arm of the NZ Film Commission.