How To Re-Establish A Vodka Empire

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.

Fixated on his ancestors’ titular empire, he heads to their now-defunct Ukrainian distillery, taking it on himself to re-launch the vodka, despite lacking business nous.

Edelstyn’s a likeable presence, but he isn’t built for voiceover, leaning on it unnecessarily to frame events, which distracts from what’s otherwise a compelling and unique story.

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