In a major new chapter for the celebrated Hennessy X.O Odyssey saga, the world has been introduced to "Life is the Greatest Odyssey," directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Damien Chazelle.
The short film marks the latest evolution in Hennessy's tradition of partnering with renowned directors for the saga, following the footsteps of the legendary Sir Ridley Scott in 2019 and Nicolas Winding Refn in 2016.
This visual masterpiece takes its audience on a journey through the heart and mind of a musician, where memories and emotions blur into a heady mix.
The narrative delves deep into how the tiniest moments in life can catapult us into a cascade of memories and thoughts. Chazelle, known for his iconic works like Whiplash, La La Land, First Man, and Babylon, crafts this narrative with the precision and emotional depth he is known for.
One of the film's striking features is its score, composed by Justin Hurwitz, a frequent Chazelle collaborator, and an Academy Award winner. Together, they've created a symbiotic relationship between the visual and the auditory, marrying the memories of the musician to the cadence of the soundtrack.
As Damien Chazelle himself puts it, the film "centers around the idea that the most fleeting of emotions can trigger an odyssey wherein childhood, early adulthood, and the future overlap."
Hennessy’s CEO Laurent Boillot praises Chazelle's deft touch in the film, noting his ability to weave the essence of cognac-making into the narrative.
He described Chazelle as a "French-American storyteller with a gift for rendering larger-than-life emotions on the screen," making him the perfect choice for capturing the essence of Hennessy X.O cognac.
The film is a continuation of Hennessy X.O's series that delves into the cognac's seven tasting notes, with each director bringing their unique style and perspective to visualize the intricate and rich nature of the original extra old cognac.