Starring John Malkovich and directed by Robert Rodriguez, the movie ‘100 Years: The Movie You Will Never See’ is held in a unique and specially handcrafted safe that will open automatically on November 18, 2115.
In November, 2015, inspired by the century of careful attention and patience it takes to create each decanter of LOUIS XIII, the brand announced a unique film project that is set to make waves for a century to come. The original film, written by John Malkovich, envisions earth one hundred years in the future and won’t be released to the public until 2115. The 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 from today.
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 witness the final cut of the film. “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.
Ludovic du Plessis, Global Executive Director of LOUIS XIII explained the challenge they faced: “To stay true to the concept, we had to find a way to make sure that no one will see the movie before 2115, hence we created a truly unique safe, a crucial element of the original idea”. The safe in which the one and only copy of the film is kept has been created in partnership with the world-leader in secure storage: Fichet-Bauche, a distinguished French brand established in 1825, today owned by Gunnebo Group.
There are millions of safe boxes around the world. Some open with a key, some with a code, and some with fingerprints. This project, however, required a safe box that can be opened like never before: with nothing else but time. Once the door is shut, the countdown begins and there is no way of opening it until the one-hundred-year countdown is complete on November 18, 2115. Since a system that could guarantee this promise didn’t exist yet, it had to be invented.
In the age of planned obsolescence and fast innovation cycles, it’s rare to design a piece of technology that needs to last for more than 5 years. Fichet-Bauche needed to design a system that lasted even longer: 100 years. The idea of technological innovation that holds for a century challenged even their best engineers, however, following hundreds of hours of Beta testing, Fichet-Bauche pushed the limits of technology and created a safe that will open automatically, regardless of access to a power source, further guaranteeing that there is no possibility that the film can be accessed prior to 2115.
A time capsule of artistic craftsmanship and innovation, the safe is set to travel from L.A. through major cities around the globe before returning to the LOUIS XIII cellars in Cognac where its content is revealed and ‘100 Years’ finally premieres to an audience of future generations. Commenting on the journey of this unique safe, James Mather, Gulf Manager, Rémy Cointreau said: “Will the safe travel to the Middle East? It’s possible, but only time can tell when.”