Finding myself lucky enough to receive an invite a little different from the norm, I ended up in the Hotel Majestic Barriere in Cannes, a prestigious, sought-after-by-the stars locale, to try and find and discover the double secrets in the special vault.
A unique copy of the film “100 Years –The Movie You Will Never See” starring John Malkovich and directed by Robert Rodriguez, has been placed in a safe together with a decanter of the world renowned LOUIS XIII Cognac. This movie envisions earth 100 years from now and will not be released or seen in its entirety until 2115; until then, only a special trailer is available.
“100 Years” is clearly an innovative cinematic project. I hope that our descendants will consider unearthing this film and give it a proper screening in the next century. Malkovich and Rodriguez are both unique talents—no matter the century. Along with the much delayed release date, the film “will compete for the Palme d’Or at Festival de Cannes in 2116,” said Thierry Frémaux, general delegate of Film Festival de Cannes.
It would seem that distilling spirits and the filmmaking process share a common muse. Inspired by a century of careful craftsmanship and patience to create each decanter of LOUIS XIII Cognac – an intricate alchemy of up to 1200 eaux-de-vie, (meaning the water of life)—out comes a distilled beverage that was originally created in 1874.
Each decanter takes four generations of cellar masters over 100 years to craft. Its grapes grow in the chalky soils of Grande Champagne, the most sought-after area of the Cognac region, in France. It evokes tasting notes and scents of myrrh, honey, immortelle, plum, honeysuckle, wood bark, leather and passion fruits, which I daresay I witnessed first-hand as well as seeing the vault that “100 Years” is preserved in. LOUIS XIII Cognac is the ultimate expression of the mastery of time, which goes hand in hand with the preservation of this movie.
To ensure that “100 Years” remains secure until its official premiere on November 18, 2115, the movie is held in a special safe that will open automatically on a 100 year time lock.
Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation (TFF) is being supported by LOUIS XVIII’s cognac. TFF is a non-profit organization committed to protecting our cinematic heritage. Its aim is to protect and preserve motion picture history in all its original artistry and variety, from Hollywood features to newsreels and avant-garde works, so that future generations can be enriched by the original Hollywood era and the films of the past.
Hundreds of films have been preserved and restored, and are presented to audiences in their original state on the big screen at film festivals and at museums and theatres all over the world. In conjunction with these screenings TFF educates young people about cinema through the Story of Movies program.
“We’re grateful to LOUIS XIII for its support—to protect cinematic heritage that we will all share. No matter where or when a film was made, a century ago, or a decade ago, the foundation is committed to ensuring that all films survive to be seen by future generations,” said Scorsese, TFF founder and chairman.
Not only did “100 Years” and LOUIS XIII cognac share the same creative birthing process, the outcome for each is also very much the same. With the amount of time it takes to craft LOUIS XIII cognac, each cellar master is dedicating his life to create a masterpiece which he will never experience; in parallel the cast and crew of “100 Years” will never see the final cut of the film, which explores the fascinating concept of what the future might look like in 100 years.
Ludovic du Plessis, The Global Director of LOUIS XIII Cognac, has dedicated one batch of special L’Odysee D’Un Roi to TFF, to leave “a cultural legacy that one generation leaves to another.”
Open May 12th to the 20th, 2016 LOUIS XIII SUITE is conveniently located in the lobby on Hôtel Majestic Barrière, Cannes France. Exclusive access for members only 11 am-1pm and 5pm-12am.
Teaser Trailer 100 years
Louis XIII Cognac