Fantasy film to begin shooting in 2008

CANNES — “Whale Rider” helmer Niki Caro and pic’s breakout star Keisha Castle-Hughes are to reteam in “The Vintner’s Luck.” Pic is a 19th century fantasy romance involving wine and angels.

Caro previously adapted the screenplay from the novel by Elizabeth Knox and is now confirmed to direct.

Lensing in New Zealand, France and Belgium is skedded to get under way in February 2008. Pic also stars Jeremie Renier, Gaspard Ulliel, Vera Farmiga and Maria Ruiz.

Repped in international markets by the NZ Film, part of the New Zealand Film Commission, pic is an Ascension Films-Kortex, New Zealand-France co-production.

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