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How To Re-establish A Vodka Empire

How To Re-establish A Vodka Empire (2011)


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Daniel Edelstyn grew up with little knowledge of his family's history; he was only three when his father died, and when his mother resettled in Ireland, they began a new life with little concern for the past. It wasn't until after the death of his grandmother Maroussia Zorokovich that Daniel learned about the remarkable history of his father's side of the family from reading her journals. Daniel discovers his father's family were once wealthy and powerful, operating a successful distillery in



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Too many of the scenes here - a busted elevator, walking an elderly dog - seem included because Edelstyn didn't have any sense of structure or, worse, what exactly he was after.

February 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Jumbled, rushed and a trifle premature - we're left hanging as to the success of the venture - it's also charming, inventive and lively.

February 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
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[It's] a bit much for one film, and it's no help that the filmmaker-narrator is a lightweight and befuddled chap. Still, there are amusing moments ...

February 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

How to Re-establish a Vodka Empire unfolds as a travelogue, a memoir, a historical recreation, and a detective story.

March 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

A slight, touching film.

March 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

A glorified sales presentation with one eye on the Waitrose deal. I didn't buy it.

March 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Keep your Smirnoffs and Stolis in the cupboard and give this unfamiliar tipple a try. It'll warm your cockles.

March 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

A heady delight of a documentary that will warm your cockles.

March 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Writer/Director Daniel Edelstyn makes an affable debut with this personal doc chronicling the unexpected, vodka-flavoured turn his life took after he discovered his gran's journals.

March 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
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For my birthday my Wife to be took me to the premier of How to Re-Establish a Vodka Empire. Not only was this the grand premier, it was also a chance to meet the director Daniel Edelstyn for a Q&A session and also a chance to taste the Vodka in question. The premier was in one of London's trendiest galleries, the ICA. We were the first in and so grabbed the best seats. By the time the film started only 4 other people had entered the cinema. Firstly, I did enjoy the film but only to a point. For most of it I was desperately trying to think of pleasant, maybe witty but most importantly intelligent questions to ask the director at the end of the showing. Poor guy, only 6 people turned up to his premiere, I'll have to spare his and also my own embarrassment when it gets to the Q&A. Complete silence would be too much to bare. The film was good, a little misleading if I was going to be honest though. I really liked the dramatisations of his Grandmother (played by his wife) but I didn't really warm to them in real life. I actually found them annoying but maybe that's what made them watchable. It was a win win situation for him really, if the Vodka sells then he wins as a businessman, whether the Vodka sells or not, he's a film maker, the memory of his Grandmother - his primary mission, has been achieved. Then you look into his career as a 'Film maker' and nothing really pops up. The film does have the whiff of a clever marketing campaign about it, all the best bits are non-scripted and by the end of the film I really wanted a sip of Vodka, and I don't even like Vodka! So anyway, I had a really good idea for a question to ask, I had this long conversation I wanted to have with him about romanticism vs. realism all planned out. When the film ended, I was ready. One of the six darted out as fast as he could, damn it, he looked like a journalist and the only other person likely to ask a question, I just knew it would be up to me know. Except, and it's a big except, the bastard didn't show up. We all hung around a bit and then we all marched to the help desk only to be told he cancelled at the last minute due to unforeseen issues. Yeah, like only 6 people turned up to my film premier and I'm too embarrassed to show my face. He could have at least left some Vodka behind. It was a load of crap anyway because I saw him outside the cinema just before we went in. The spineless twerp isn't going to sell much Vodka if that is his attitude but flixster friends, it pains me somewhat to report that the film is still worth watching but please, for me, don't buy his Vodka, I'm looking forward to his follow up film, How to Re-Establish a Vodka Empire and loose everything in the process and fail miserably. Not that I'm bitter or anything.
March 22, 2012

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