The Eugene International Film Festival presents, The Promise. Wine and appetizers will be for sale. The event is FREE with a donation of 2 cans of food for Food for Lane County. Seating is limited to 35, therefore, reservations are required.
Call 541-600-8972 for reservations.
About The Promise:
The Promise is a one-hour documentary about the premium wine growing region of Rogljevo, Serbia. Cyrille and Estelle Bongiraud, a prominent French winemaking family, have made an impassioned commitment to restoring the Rogljevo region to its glory of past centuries. Cyrille is a vineyard site specialist and has also studied the soils for some of Oregon’s top wine grape growers. So important was wine from some 300 cellars in Rogljevo to French wine connoisseurs, that a railroad was constructed between that village and Bordeaux during the reign of Napoleon III. Today, Cyrille Bongiraud has led his effort with Obecanje, a wine from the Gamay petits grains grape. Its name means “The Promise” in Serbian. Obecanje has been placed in a few top restaurants in Paris and
Tokyo, but most wine drinkers have not yet accepted the fact that premium wine can come from Serbia. Rogljevo is nearly deserted as a result of past communist economics, inhabited today by aging grape growers. This is a wonderful film about culture, community and a family’s love for making premium wine.
A film by Serbian Producer, Director Zeljko Mirkovic. He is presently an
instructor at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA.