Haley Bennett, Tom Sturridge, Sam Riley, Leo Suter, Anson Boon to star in new film ‘Clicquot‎’

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Haley Bennett, Tom Sturridge, Sam Riley, Leo Suter and Anson Boon will star in the new film ‘Clicquot’, focusing on the rise of Veuve Clicquot, the famous French brand and the second largest champagne maker in the world.

Clicquot’ is directed by Thomas Q. Napper ‘Jawbone’ and stars Erin Dignam and Christopher Monger (‘Temple Grandin’ ‘The The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain’) wrote the screenplay.

Based on the novel The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It by Tilar J. Mazzeo, the film follows the resilient early years of Chateau Clicquot in 19th century France, bringing to life the charming young woman behind the iconic orange brand. The story of Veuve Clicquot’s early and resilient beginnings in 19th century France brings to life the charming young woman behind the iconic orange brand.

Veuve Clicquot was founded in 1772 by businessman Philippe Clicquot, whose son Francois Clicquot married Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin, daughter of business tycoon Ponce Ponsardin, and the couple gradually took over the winery and developed the champagne business together.

When Francois died suddenly of typhoid fever seven years later at the age of 30, a shocked Philippe decided to liquidate the company and Barbe-Nicole, at the age of 27, decided to take over her husband’s business, becoming one of the first business women to run an international enterprise in a male-dominated world in the early 19th century.

In France at the time, widows were the only women who did not need the consent of their husbands or fathers to work or study.

When the wine industry faltered and the company faced bankruptcy because of the war, Barbe saved the day by exporting champagne to Russia.

During the Napoleonic Wars, Veuve Clicquot made significant inroads at royal courts throughout Europe, playing a major role in establishing it as the favored drink of high society and aristocracy throughout Europe. 

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