MOST Film Festival 2011
Le Havre, Aki Käurismaki
MOST (most means unfermented grape juice or must in Catalan) is a brand-new film festival taking place in November in one of Catalunya's main wine- and cava-making regions, El Penedès, specifically in Vilafranca del Penedès, Sant Sadurní d'Anoia, Subirats and Olèrdola.
From November 10th to 13th, these towns, as well as vineyards will host a variety of 'cinematographic activities' (AKA as screenings) featuring two main sections: Collita 2011 focuses on European films that touch in some way on the world of wine and wine-making (be they documentaries, promotional videos, artistic efforts or whatever), while Gran Reserva (see what they did there?) simply gathers together some top-notch contemporary movies to be enjoyed in the tranquil setting of Catalan wine country. This will include Cannes hit Le Havre (2011) about an old shoe-shiner helping a young African refugee escape the authorities and Spanish film Cinco metros cuadrados, looking at the construction boom here that crashed so horribly with the current global crisis. All the Gran Reserva screenings will be accompanies by wine or cava tasting and feature special guests.
Prizes will also be handed out to film-makers with notable careers and short films will be screened as the 15-year-old Short Film Festival of Vilafranca becomes part of MOST. Finally, children and film professionals aren't forgotten with special events dedicated to these two key groups during the weekend.
For more details of what's on, where and when, see the festival website here.