By Lynsey Eaton | Photography by Danielle Sabol
I have worked on a lot of projects over my thirty some-odd years, some of which took years to complete. But 100 years? Can you even imagine?
Recently I attended a party here in Dallas celebrating ‘100 Years – The Movie You Will Never See.’ You see, LOUIS XIII Cognac, one of the world’s most luxurious spirits, set out to make a movie that won’t be released for 100 years.
Yep, you read that right. One. Hundred. Years.
Inspired by the fact that it takes four generations of cellar masters one century to create each decanter of LOUIS XIII Cognac, the film stars actor John Malkovich and envisions Earth one hundred years in the future.
I wish I could tell you what the makers of LOUIS XIII Cognac see in our future (flying cars? hover-boards? Michael J. Fox?), but I can’t. We didn’t actually see the movie. In fact, the director (Robert Rodriguez) didn’t even get to see the final cut before they locked it away in a state-of-the-art safe which will open automatically in 100 years when the timing is complete. (That’s in 2115 for those of you keeping track at home.)
So what exactly does a preview of a movie no one has seen look like, you might ask? Behind-the-scenes footage (not sure, but it appears some alternate mode of transportation is definitely in our future) and a display of actual costumes from the film (if the future is in that cape, I’ll start working on my time machine now…).
Lucky guests from around the world received an engraved invitation to pass down to their descendants to attend the premiere of ‘100 Years’, on November 18, 2115, at the House of LOUIS XIII in Cognac, France.
We did not.
I guess pictures of costumes and a taste of the finest cognac in the world will have to do for this lifetime.