Weekend Highlights From the Houston Cinema Arts Festival
From Matias Pineiro's Viola
Argentine director Matias Pineiro is one of the media darlings at this year's Houston Cinema Arts Festival. He's got multiple films showing over week-long festival and is appearing at each screening. On Friday, it's Viola and Rosalinda, both based on Shakespearean tales. Viola (shown above) reimagines Twelfth Night as a contemporary love story in Buenos Aires while Rosalinda follows a group of actors as rehearse As You Like It. Taken with the continued relevance and power of Shakespeare's work, Pineiro reportedly took a single female character from each of the two Shakespeare plots. They might be familiar storylines, but Pineiro makes each film his own. (Viola and Rosalinda screen at 6:15 p.m. at Sundance Cinemas, 510 Texas Ave.)
On Saturday, the director presents They All Lie . It's been described as an "intellectual mystery about Argentina's nineteenth-century history of dictatorship and liberalism." It chronicles the adventures of a group of twenty-somethings who fall in and out of love while they plan a robbery. (They All Lie screens at noon at Sundance Cinemas, 510 Texas Ave.)
Sunday, it's The Stolen Man. The film centers on a woman who works at a museum and pilfers odds and ends from work to sell to antique dealers. One day she sees her best friend's fiance with another woman and decides to investigate.
Also screening on Friday is August: Osage County. Check out our review of the Tracy Letts black comedy/family drama that stars Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Sam Shepard and Benedict Cumberbatch. (6:15 p.m. Sundance Cinemas, 510 Texas Ave.)
Nozomi Iijima, Joseph Walsh and members of the Houston Ballet in Stanton Welch's The Rite of Spring
Photo by Amitava Sarkar
On Sunday John Carrithers presents the first of two screenings of his documentary Houston Ballet: Breaking Boundaries. Tracing the company's roots to the Ballet Russe in the 1930s, Breaking Boundaries tells the Houston Ballet in chronological order, tying each era to the group's various artistic directors and stars. (4 p.m. Sunday, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. 6:15 p.m. Monday, Sundance Cinemas, 510 Texas Ave.)
For a complete schedule of the Houston Cinema Arts Festival screenings, visit the festival's website.
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