27th June 2016

Louis XIII announces “100 Years: The Movie You Will Never See”, an original film to be released in 2115, coming to London.

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London, February 1, 2016 – A safe containing a priceless film that will not be seen for 100 years touched down in London under high-level security as part of its world tour. Produced by LOUIS XIII Cognac, one of the most luxurious spirits in the world, the original film, starring actor John Malkovich envisions Earth one hundred years from now and will not be released until 2115. Directed by Robert Rodriguez “100 Years: The Movie You Will Never See” was inspired by the century of careful craftsmanship and patience it takes to create each decanter of LOUIS XIII Cognac. Indeed, each decanter takes four generations of cellar masters over 100 years to craft. LOUIS XIII is an intricate alchemy of up to 1200 eaux-de-vie, the youngest of which is at least 40 years old.

To ensure that “100 Years” remains secure until its official premiere on November 18, 2115, one century from now, the film was placed in a state-of-the-art safe, which will open automatically in 100 years when the timing is complete. One thousand guests from around the world received an exclusive invitation to give to their descendants to attend the premiere of “100 Years”, on November 18, 2115, at the House of LOUIS XIII in Cognac, France. On  2nd February in London guests were invited to celebrate “100 Years” at a 11-13 Walker’s Court, Soho, where they saw an exciting preview of one of the three film’s teasers, experienced a glass of LOUIS XIII, and witnessed an exclusive interview with Ludovic du Plessis, Global Executive Director of LOUIS XIII, hosted by celebrated film critic and renowned journalist, Jason Solomons.

“The Movie You Will Never See”
“LOUIS XIII is a true testament to the mastery of time, and we sought to create a proactive piece of art that explores the dynamic relationship of the past, the present, and the future,” said Ludovic du Plessis, Global Executive Director for LOUIS XIII Cognac. “Four generations of LOUIS XIII cellar masters put a lifetime of passion into a bottle of LOUIS XIII, yet they will never taste the resulting masterpiece.” We are thrilled that this talented actor and creative filmmaker were inspired to join us on this artistic endeavor.”

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A French art de vivre enthusiast and thought-provoking virtuoso, John Malkovich developed an original screenplay for “100 Years”. Styled by costume designer Nina Proctor, Shuya Chang was cast as his on- screen partner, and the two journey through an unknown future achieved by innovative set design and extensive CGI effects.

“When I was first approached I really loved the idea… I mean, in a way I wish all the films I made wouldn’t have been seen for a hundred years. I don’t know how much that would change the way they are regarded…” said John Malkovich.
The incredible legacy of craftsmanship that goes into one decanter of LOUIS XIII, and the fact that its creators will never experience the results of their work, led the creative direction of the film “100 Years”, which explores the fascinating concept of what the future may look like in one hundred years. Just as each cellar master dedicates his life to creating a masterpiece that he will never experience, the cast and crew of “100 Years” will never see the final cut of the film.


2115: An Unknown Future
While this ground-breaking film will not be released in full until 2115, three teasers have been produced that explore hypothetical visions of what Earth might be like in one hundred years. Each teaser begins with the same dialogue and incorporates the actors, but each presents a different future. One imagines the Earth one hundred years from now overtaken by nature. In 2115, Earth has been devastated by chemical warfare, and nature has taken over. Another imagines a dark world ruled by technology, after extraterrestrial exploration when Earth became ultra-urbanized and technologically advanced. And the third teaser imagines that humanoid robots have taken control of the Earth and humans have to run to escape. They engage viewers to question which vision is closest to tomorrow’s reality. In addition, a short trailer will provide a brief glimpse into the making of and content from the completed “100 Years”.

The film “100 Years” was placed in a safe created in partnership with Fichet-Bauche, a distinguished French brand, established in 1825, today owned by Gunnebo Group, a worldwide leader in security products, services and solutions.

The custom made safe is a marvel of design, featuring bulletproof glass and a revolutionary timer that records the time and date and counts down one hundred years. Upon the closing of the safe, the door will not open until the one hundred year countdown is complete on November 18, 2115. The first luxury safe box in the world that cannot be opened with a code or a key, the safe will open automatically regardless of access to a power source, further guaranteeing that there is no way that the film can be accessed before 2115.
“100 Years” was celebrated on November 18 2015, with an exclusive preview of the film’s trailer at the Sheats Goldstein Mansion in Los Angeles. During the invitation only event, John Malkovich, with LOUIS XIII, ceremoniously placed the film reel into the custom safe and set the timer for the official premiere on November 18, 2115. This safe will be transported around the world under high-level security for an international tour that began in Hong Kong on December 11 2015, before it reaches its final destination at the House of LOUIS XIII in Cognac. When the safe is finally unlocked in one hundred years, guests will be welcomed – including the future cellar master, and a descendant of each guest who received a ticket to the film’s preview in 2015 – to an exclusive premiere at the Domaine du Grollet in Cognac, France, on November 18, 2115.
While “100 Years” truly is “The Movie You Will Never See”, the exclusive trailer and three teasers are now live on WWW.LOUISXIII-COGNAC.COM.

Director: Robert Rodriguez
1st assistant director: Brian Bettwy
Director of photography: Claudio Miranda

Hero: John Malkovich
Hero Girl: Shuya Chang
Bad guy: Marko Zaror

Agency producer for Fred & Farid Group: Karim Naceur
Production company: Moonwalk Films
Executive producer: Gaspard Chevance

Editors: Robert Rodriguez & Rémy Rodriguez

Prod. Designer: Steve Joyner

Costume Designer: Nina Proctor
Make-up Artist: Trefor Proud

VFX Company: Mikros Image

Sound Production: Kouz Production
Sound Supervisor: Leo Copet


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