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.