Cinema Arts Festival Kicks Off Tonight

The Second Annual Cinema Arts Festival Houston begins tonight with two screenings of films never before seen in Houston.

John Cameron Mitchell's adaptation of David Lindsay-Abaire's Pulitzer Prize winning play Rabbit Hole officially opens in theaters on December 12, but Houston gets a sneak peek tonight. Houston theatergoers might remember Stages' 2009 production of the play. The film stars Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart as parents coping with the loss of their young son, killed by a car. It's definitely departure material for Mitchell, who previously made Hedwig and the Angry Inch and the quite naughty Shortbus. He's branching into more formal territory.

Screening tonight at 7 p.m., Edwards Greenway Palace.

John Turturro's Passione is the main event tonight at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. The film, which debuted at the Venice Film Festival in September, has been described as a musical journey through Naples, Italy. Why Naples? Turturro said: "The landscape, the poverty, the pain, the sea, the volcano, the coffee, the danger, the beauty, the dirt, the driving, the mystery, the sensuality, the food, the craziness, the irony, and the people -- most of all, the people."

Turturro, known for his memorable roles in Do the Right Thing, Quiz Show, and the Coen bros. films Barton Fink, Miller's Crossing and The Big Lebowski, directed, co-wrote and narrated Passione.

With tough chicks dancing on balconies and strutting through graffiti-marred streets, it has the feel of a '70s rock musical peppered with some Bollywood (trailer below).

Red-carpet screening tonight (with special guest John Turturro), 7 p.m., Museum of Fine Arts Houston Brown Auditorium

Tickets here.

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