MADRID — Vet Spanish director Carlos Saura (“The Hunt,” “Raise Ravens” “Flamenco”) will be honored at this Portugal’s budding Douro Film Harvest, where he will receive a Casta D’Ouro Special Guest award.
Saura’s “I, Don Giovanni” will screen in Douro’s main competition section, Vintage Selection.
Now in its second year, DFH reps a growing trend in alternative film festivals that broaden the event’s traditional format, combining cinema with music, food and wine and unspooling against the majestic backdrop of Portugal’s Douro wine valley, a Unesco World Heritage site.
Announced Wednesday, DFH’s lineup reflects this broader brief, combining feel-good, more mainstream titles, music and gastronomic-themed items, and harder-hitting issue-driven pics.
Potential highlights in the 10-title Vintage Selection include the Walter Salles-produced and StudioCanal sold “Quincas Wateryell,” a wake dramedy helmed by Sergio Machado, Michael Douglas starrer “Solitary Man,” to distinctive dramas such as Alexei Popogrebsky’s Arctic wastes-set “How I Ended This Summer,” Brazilian multi-part “5 x Favela, Now by Ourselves” and Joao Ribeiro’s Portugal-Mozambique co-production “Last Flight of the Flamingo,” which world preems at Douro.
Oliver Stone competes in Vintage Selection with “South of the Border.” DFH will also screen Sarah Bertrand’s “Rolling With Stone,” a portrait of Stone’s shooting “Border.”
Roman Polanski’s “The Ghost Writer” is another Vintage Selection contender; Jay Roach’s “Dinner for Schmucks” plays a Wine and Food Films sidebar.
DFH runs Sept. 5-11.
Douro Film Harvest Vintage Selection:
“The Two Deaths of Quincas Wateryell,” Sergio Machado (Brazil)
“Solitary Man,” Brian Koppelman, David Levien (U.S)
“South of the Border,” Oliver Stone (U.S.)
“Of Love and Other Demons,” Hilda Hidalgo (Costa Rica, Colombia)
“Nanga Parbat,” Joseph Vilsmaier (Germany)
“I, Don Giovanni,” Carlos Saura (Spain)
“How I Ended This Summer,” Alexei Popogrebsky (Russia)
“5 X Favela, Now By Ourselves,” Carlos Diegues, Manaira Carneiro, Wagner Novais, Rodrigo Felha, Cacau Amaral, Luciano Vidigal, Cadu Barcelos, Luciana Bezerra (Brazil)
“Last Flight of the Flamingo,” Joao Ribeiro (Portugal, Mozambique)
“The Ghost Writer,” Roman Polanski (France-Germany-U.K.)