What goes with great wine? Great and tasty food, a given—but there’s also fine arts, and there isn’t a much better place to take it all in than the Douro valley.
The 2011 version of the Douro film festival runs from 5-11 September 2011. Each year the “Ruby Selection” highlights films from one of the world’s major wine producing regions. This year it’s Brazil. Brazilian director Carlos (Cacá) Diegues picks up the “Tawny Tribute” for Lifetime achievement in film.
Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, a film that’s getting raves from folks in the US, will also play here.
There’s lots to do at the festival besides watching compelling films; the auditorium in Alijó will host an exhibition celebrating Fado on opening night in support of fado’s candidature for World Heritage classification.
About the Douro Valley
The Douro is the third largest river in the Iberian Peninsula, and reaches from Porto to Miranda do Douro and into Spain.
The Douro Valley is an off the beaten track delight for tourists, and you don’t have to enjoy wine to enjoy the territory. One can easily visit Guimarães, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is going to be European Capital of Culture in 2012, while lovers of wine oddities might seek out nearby Boticas, where Vinho dos Mortos, the Portuguese Wine of the Dead is produced.
Get Information on the Douro Film Harvest 2011
The official site has a very well done component in English: Douro Film Harvest
Portugal Confidential has extensive coverage of the festival as well.