The story of the world’s largest counterfeit wine fraud.
With pockets full of cash, charisma and a preternatural memory for vintages, an unassuming young Rudy Kurniawan earns the reputation of a wine savant, surrounding himself with some of high society’s most fervent wine connoisseurs. But when Bill Koch, a top US collector, and, Laurent Ponsot, a Burgundian wine producer, discover suspicious bottles, a humorous and suspenseful investigation begins into one of the most ingenious cons of our time.
This feature length film unfolds Rudy’s story though the eyes of his friends, his fellow wine enthusiasts and his French adversary. It draws on a colorful cast of characters from New York socialites to celebrity wine buffs. An FBI sting takes us into the complex world of Bourgogne wines, made in small quantities by wine makers who view their products as a form of art. But all art has a close kinship with illusion, and Kurniawan had himself mastered an artform as he turned from connoisseur to conman.
Director: Jerry Rothwell, Reuben Atlas
Producers: Al Morrow, Catherine Siméon
Based On an Idea by: Nick Ware
Composer: Lionel Corsini
Editor: James Scott
Executive Producers: Phil Hunt, Stewart Le Maréchal, Maxime Owyszer, Jonny Persey, Compton Ross, Barbara Truyen, Nick Ware
Assistant Director: Lauriane Jussiau
Festivals / Awards
2016 – Hot Docs
2016 – Sheffield DocFest