In just three years, the Cinema Arts Festival Houston has become a force to be reckoned with on the American film festival circuit. Why? Not only have festival organizers been able to snag stellar films, they’ve also brought in directors like Chilean Patricio Guzmán for appearances. Guzmán will present four films during this year’s festival. Southern Cross, about Latin American religiosity, screens Thursday, while Robinson Crusoe Island, a personal exploration of the island that inspired novelist Daniel Defoe, and My Jules Verne, a series of encounters with people who share the novelist’s spirit, share a double bill on Friday. Nostalgia for the Light, a documentary about the Chilean Atacama Desert and the various searches for people who died there (from ancient man to Pinochet’s disappeared) screens Saturday. Guzmán is just one of many filmmakers who will be in attendance.
The Cinema Arts Festival Houston will be screening films from November 9 to 13 at various locations throughout Houston. For a full schedule, call 713‑222‑5400 or visit www.cinemartsociety.org. $10 to $125.
Nov. 9-13, 2011