2020 Montclair Film Festival

JOSÉ MOURA SELECTIONS is proud to sponsor Ekwa Msangi’s captivating debut feature, FAREWELL AMOR, “a poignant, tripartite, intergenerational study of the immigrant experience. After 17 years, an Angolan immigrant in New York City welcomes his wife and daughter when their visas are finally approved. Upon their reunion, the family must contend with the strain that years of separation have had on their relationships. Msangi skillfully illuminates the new familial dynamic and explores all the intricate ways in which people drift apart and discover each other again. A personal look at the layered experience of immigration and assimilation in America, FAREWELL AMOR beautifully explores the nature of memories and the meaning of home.”

For more information, visit the official page at the Montclair Film Festival website.  


Morcilla (pronounced mor•see•ya) is sausage using a pig’s intestine and filled with pig’s blood that is cooked or dried and mixed with a filler (rice, beef [or pork meat], onions, cilantro, chiles, garlic) until it is thick enough to solidify when cooled. Variants of the morcilla are found in all corners of the world, using sheep, duck, or goat blood instead, varying by country. Early version of the blood sausage can be traced to cave paintings at Narbone, Bordeaux and Rheims, France. The first known written mention of morcilla was as early as 800 BC when it appeared in Homer’s classic, The Odyssey. In book twenty, Homer wrote, “As when a man besides a great fire has filled a sausage with fat and blood and turns it this way and that and is very eager to get it quickly roasted…”

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Cena de Monte Adentro

[Updated Noveber 5th, 2019]

We were very proud to sponsor this beautiful, yearly event organized by La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña (the Puerto Rican Cultural Heritage House) in the historic Spanish Harlem district of Manhattan (aka as “El Barrio”) where the community celebrated the food and music of the Puerto Rican mountains. Located in the Caribbean Sea, Puerto Rico’s diverse cuisine will be a focus for us in pairing our featured selections from Europe.

We look forward to exploring stories of Europe and the Caribbean, a combination of cultures dating back to 1492…

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The Candles of Utiel, A 250 Year Celebration

Utiel celebrated “250 AÑOS A LA LUZ DE LAS VELAS” (250Years in the Light of Candles). In 1764, farmers and beekeepers, in gratitude to La Virgin de los Remedios (a title of the Virgin Mary developed by the Trinitarian Order) for driving away a great storm, lit in the parish temple “as many lights as bees were counted in a swarm “. It is the oldest candle event in Spain. The yearly event, which takes place between the 7th and 9th of June, aims to energize the city’s heritage and economy.
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Dave Jordan Racing 2019

“Remember to celebrate milestones as you prepare for the road ahead.” — Nelson Mandela. The road ahead is about more milestones — bigger, faster, greater, our primordial drivers. Milestones are the metrics of life that tell us we are living, conquering, growing — not just alive. “Cuvée Esperanza” SPREZZATURA brut prosecco is how we celebrate milestones, and gatherings, before continuing on our road ahead.

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More Dark Fruits for the Cold from Priorat!

If Bordeaux is in a class by itself when it comes to succulent French red wine, then what could we find that’s comparable in Spain, with such depth, dark fruits, and complexity? While Rioja may be the quick answer, Priorat, the only other DOC (denominación de origen calificada [denomination of qualified origin]) wine of Spain, is very much worth closer attention. 

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It’s Still Cold, Still Time for Bordeaux

Saint-Emilion, in the Libournais district of Bordeaux, France

We’re a few weeks into March, the month that brings back the spring season. But once the sun sets, it’s still bitterly cold here in New York City. When I get up tomorrow, it’s going to be 36°F. That does not say “spring” to any sane soul. Even in our spectacularly intrepid city, few are out in shorts and tank tops in the evenings sipping prosecco. We’re just not there yet! 

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