Winelands Film Fest combines both industries

JOHANNESBURG — The Western Cape is the hub of both the movie and wine industries of South Africa, and a new film event will allow attendees to savor both.

The first Cape Winelands Film Festival will take place in Stellenbosch, a historic university town in the heart of the wine-farm region 30 miles north of Cape Town, from April 18-26.

The first vineyards were set up in the late 1600s by French Huguenots when they settled in South Africa after fleeing persecution in France.

Organizer Films for Africa said, with this heritage in mind, French cinema would be the focus of the first Winelands fest, including screenings of Francois Ozon’s “Time to Leave,” Bertrand Tavernier’s “Safe Conduct,” Bruno Dumont’s “Humanity” and “Flanders,” Olivier Assayas’ “Sentimental Destinies” and Andre Techine’s “The Witnesses.”

Oscar winner Marion Cotillard and director Olivier Dahan will attend a special screening of “La Vie en rose.”

There will be a competition with awards for best world cinema feature, documentary, short and eco film. Some 87 productions from 21 countries will unspool.

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