Last year when Texas Art & Film covered the Houston Cinema Arts Film Festival we
had a blast talking to Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke about his two new films coming up
and his journey as an actor. His pal and one of our favorite Texan directors Richard
Linklater was also on hand for the event.
Of course last year The Artist went on to win best picture at the Academy Awards,
but Houstonians saw it first at Cinema Arts. A film that was robbed of awards attention
A Dangerous Method starring 2011 break out star Michael Fassbender along with should
have been nominated Keira Knightly was also first shown at the festival.
2012 brought a change in Houston’s Cinema Arts Film Festival both behind the scenes
and in front. While many of the films were still at various locations across town
the majority of films were shown at the new Sundance Cinema which just opened last
November. Sundance founder Robert Redford was this years’ special guest, receiving
Levantine award and doing a conversation with those paying $250 for seats.
The headlining film this year was David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook which
just last month won the audience award at the Austin Film Festival and before that
the main prize at The Toronto Film Festival where it premiered. It also garnered
the biggest crowd of this year’s major Houston debuts. Destined for quite a few award
nominations including best picture, actress Jennifer Lawrence, supporting actor Robert
DeNiro, and adapted screenplay by Russell it was not surprisingly the most talked
about film in the event.
A Late Quartet starring Oscar winners Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Christopher Walken
and nominee Catherine Keener was also among one of the better films to see this year.
Walken had another film playing in the festival, Stand Up Guys with will be released
in 2013, had people walk out of the theater right in front of actor turned director